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EEOC accuses Aurora Health Care of disability discrimination

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal agency has filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee accusing Aurora Health Care of rescinding job offers to two applicants after finding out they had disabilities.

The lawsuit was filed this week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the agency, employers can require applicants to undergo a medical examination once an offer has been made, but they can’t use the exam to discriminate against employees with disabilities.

According to the EEOC, Aurora offered jobs to two women, both of whom disclosed health conditions during their medical exams. One has multiple sclerosis and the other has carpal tunnel disorder.

The agency says Aurora contends the applicants had failed to disclose their health conditions.

Aurora spokesman Michael Brophy said the company denies the allegations and will vigorously defend against the charges.

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