A Polk County staffing agency that serves Tampa Bay and surrounding areas is paying $22,500 in a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. KB Staffing, based in Winter Haven, was accused of illegally requiring applicants to answer in-depth medical questions before they could be placed.
"As staffing agencies now play a large role in our nation's workforce, eliminating any discrimination in their screening practices is increasingly important to ensuring that workers with disabilities have equal access to work opportunities," Robert Weisberg, lawyer for the EEOC, said in a release.
The funds will go to employees who had to divulge medical information related to disabilities. KB Staffing is also required to show that it has not probed for unnecessary disability information each year and report disability discrimination complaints.