Daily Business Review
January 11, 2016
Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale is facing a lawsuit from a woman who claims she was cut from a program because she is deaf.
The private not-for-profit university admitted Katherine Daniel-Rivera to its radiologic technology program in June 2015 after she worked for four years as a radiology medical support assistant at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital near St. Petersburg.
The VA agreed to pay for part of her degree so she could seek a promotion following "exceptional evaluations" over the years, according to her complaint filed Thursday and assigned to U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale.
But when Daniel-Rivera showed up for orientation, Keiser handed her a letter saying she was rejected because providing interpreters for her would be "inordinately expensive" and she would not be able to communicate with patients properly because she can't hear. "The impairments you possess unfortunately will create an unintentional direct threat to the health and safety of, and contribute to potential liability issues for, patients, health care facilities, and others as well as yourself," the letter stated, according to the complaint.