The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued the Defender Association of Philadelphia over claims that the agency failed to properly accommodate a supervising attorney in the juvenile unit who allegedly developed major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder from handling sex crime cases.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit April 26 on behalf of attorney Megan Perez in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The suit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Defender Association of Philadelphia, alleges the Defender Association violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and seeks economic and punitive damages.

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