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Complaint alleges D.C. Walmart failed to accommodate deaf employees

Complaint alleges D.C. Walmart failed to accommodate deaf employees (ABC7)

Chris Kuszynski helps lead the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's efforts to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ADA compels companies with more than 15 employees to accommodate workers' disabilities on the job.

"Growing up when the law was changing to provide greater opportunities for people like me with disabilities, I have seen what the law can do and how it can benefit individuals and it's exciting to be a part of that," said Kuszynski.

Troy Miles and Tanya Bland both worked at the Walmart on H Street in Northeast Washington. Miles was a department manager, while Bland was an overnight stocker.

Both claimed Walmart held daily meetings that they couldn't understand because of their hearing disability and they weren't provided written notes.

On Tuesday, Walmart released a statement, writing in part, "we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We deny that we failed to provide Mr. Miles or Ms. Bland with reasonable accommodations."

The EEOC declined to comment on their complaint against Walmart it filed this week in Federal court.

But ABC7 asked Kuszynski how he felt fighting these legal battles 26 years after the passage of the ADA.

"It's frustrating to see that maybe at times it feels like we haven't made as much progress as we would like," said Kusxynski.

And if employees feel they are being discriminated at work for disabilities - an offer of help.

"There is the option of filing a charge with EEOC. We'll help you through that process. Again, if there's a way to work out that problem before it becomes a subject of an EEOC charge, that's the optimal result," said Kusxynski.

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