Disabled Employee Says Bank of America Fired Him for Slow Typing and Walking


Herrmann said he complained of his supervisor's comments on an employee hotline.

Although dictation software was installed on his computer around November 2009 upon his request, he still had to pause briefly between phone calls to dictate, the suit stated.

In January 2010, managers told him he could not use the dictation program and could not pause between calls, the suit stated.

Around that time, he began to receive warnings for returning late from lunch break. He claims his limp caused him to walk more slowly from the lunchroom on a different floor in the building if the closest lunchroom was fully occupied, the suit states.

As he continued to ask for accommodations, he eventually received six warnings for being seconds or minutes late from his lunch break and was eventually fired.

Herrmann filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on March 18, 2011, which issued a "notice of right to sue" on June 18, 2012.

Herrmann is suing Bank of America with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act for failing to provide requested accommodations and failing to engage in an "interactive process" for those adjustments, as the law describes.

His demands include unspecified back pay, front pay, and compensatory, consequential and punitive damages.

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