The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights' Board of Commissioners ruled on discrimination complaints during a meeting Thursday at Centre College in Danville.
Commissioners voted to dismiss nine discrimination complaints and accept one case withdrawal, giving the complainant the right to file suit in court. Commissioners also accepted two conciliation agreements concerning complaints against Jewish Hospital in Louisville and Affiliated Computer Services Inc. in Lexington, according to a news release issued Thursday by the commission.
Jewish Hospital agreed that it will require disability civil rights compliance training for employees who interact with patients in clinic settings and who schedule surgery. The move is part of a conciliation agreement with Belinda Dobson, who alleged that the hospital discriminated against her by failing to provide an American Sign Language interpreter for her, as she requested, while she was under the hospital's care. Dobson agreed that no monetary payment would be part of the conciliation. The commission will monitor the hospital, which denied it discriminated against Dobson, for compliance for three years.
In the other conciliation agreement, Affiliated Computer Services Inc. agreed to pay DeShaun Pettway $3,500, undergo employer civil rights compliance training and submit to compliance monitoring for a year by the commission. Pettway claimed he was discriminated against because of his race. He said the company denied him paid time off wages when he left the company. The company denied violating the law. The commission investigated and said probable cause existed to believe discrimination had occurred, according to the news release. The parties chose to resolve the matter with a conciliation agreement before the commission held a final hearing. Part of the monetary compensation ACS is paying Pettway — $774 — will be subject to payroll withholding.
The commission, a state agency, said it has successfully mediated 23 complaints since July 1.