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Maine Human Rights Commission Makes Findings Of Discrimination In Two Cases

The Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday that there are reasonable grounds to find that two individuals have been discriminated against because of disabilities — one by a national employer and other by a community college.

Kristen Aiello, an attorney with Disability Rights Maine, represents the two people. She says Dameon Crouse, who has a developmental disability, worked at Walmart for 11 years but was taken off the schedule when the company adopted a new computerized scheduling system that will not allow him the modified schedule he needs to do his job.

“An employer certainly has the right to prove that an accommodation would be an undue burden or would cause some substantial level of difficulty, but that’s just the case here,” she says.

Aiello says, in the second case, a woman who has disabilities because of a stroke and had been accepted into Kennebec Valley Community College’s culinary arts program was refused reasonable accommodations by the school that would have allowed her to participate in the class.

Aiello says the next step is for the parties to attempt to negotiate resolutions. If that fails then her clients will have 90 days to file lawsuits.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.
Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.