After a disagreement regarding a workplace accomodation, Autism Speaks is now facing a lawsuit by Simone Greggs. Simone, mother of a child with autism, was about to start her new position as event coordinator in the Washington D.C. office when the organization rescinded their offer after she requested a workplace accommodation.
Gregg’s son returns home from school early on Wednesdays; when Gregg requested to work from home on Wednesdays to accomodate her son’s schedule, Autism Speaks declined her request and rescinded her offer of employment shortly after.
Sources such as Disability Scoop and Care2MakeaDifference state that Gregg is not pursuing this issue for financial gains, but rather because of a concern about the organization’s claim to helping families who have a child with autism.
“They say one thing and they do another. You can’t say that you’re for helping families with children with autism and then you can’t give me an accommodation.”
Greggs has also filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mother’s of children with autism earn lower wages than mothers who have typically developing children according to a recent Pediatrics study. Have you ever had to make a job sacrifice due to your child’s schedule? Have you ever been passed over a promotion or job opportunity due to a child-related accommodation? We want to hear your thoughts.
Autism Speaks has rarely been under scrutiny by parents except in a NY Times front-page piece in 2007 that quickly flew past the public eye. As this suite unfolds, Autism Speaks’ response and further actions will speak volumes about their dedication to raising “public awareness about autism.”