Health care company to pay applicant $35,000 in urine sample case

A health care company has agreed to pay a job applicant $35,000 after it withdrew her application when she was unable to provide a urine sample, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Charlotte office said Tuesday.

Xerox State Healthcare LLC failed to grant the applicant, Victoria Dozier, a reasonable accommodation that would have allowed her to complete the company’s required pre-employment drug screening, the commission said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.

Dozier is on hemodialysis for end-stage renal disease. She received a written employment offer from Xerox Healthcare in September 2014, contingent on her passing the drug screening, according to the complaint.

The complaint said Dozier informed the company and a lab representative at the drug testing facility that her disability prevented her from providing a urine sample. She told them her dialysis center would perform a different drug test, according to the complaint. Xerox Healthcare denied the request, and Dozier was not hired.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees, as well as to qualified applicants with disabilities, according to the commission. The commission enforces federal laws against employment discrimination.

The company hasn’t replied to a request for comment from the Observer.

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