The Baltimore Sun
by Meredith Cohn - Contact Reporter
January 25, 2016
Hopkins rescinded a job offer of deaf nurse because of the cost of full-time interpreters.
Johns Hopkins Hospital violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when officials rescinded a job offer to a deaf nurse after she requested a sign-language interpreter, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week.
Joseph B. Espo, a lawyer for the nurse, Lauren Searls, called it an "important victory" that could send a message to other medical institutions about the capabilities of deaf workers.
Hopkins had told Searls it was a cost issue in a letter, but in its response to the lawsuit, officials called her employment both a financial hardship and a threat to patient safety, Espo said. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake rejected those arguments, he said.