Timely Attendance Is Essential Job Function for Audiologist

​An audiologist who had 60 documented instances of tardiness in a two-year span could not perform the essential functions of his position under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled.

The plaintiff was a clinical audiologist hired by the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He saw patients in a clinical setting where he conducted hearing tests and fitted hearing aids. From 2013 to 2016, the plaintiff worked five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., splitting his time between the audiology department’s University City and Radnor, Pa., locations. The plaintiff was a skilled audiologist, and he received accolades for his performance.

In 2016, the plaintiff started showing up…

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Credit to Jeffrey Rhodes for the original post.

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