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Deaf Californians Hit Nike With Suit Over Covid-19 Mask Policy

Nike Inc.‘s policy requiring employees at its California retail stores to wear masks discriminates against customers who are deaf or hard of hearing by preventing them from lipreading, according to a proposed class action filed in San Francisco.

The company’s policy allegedly requires salespeople to wear opaque masks that are supplied by Nike when they interact with customers.

These masks create unique communication problems for shoppers who are deaf or hard of hearing, because they muffle speech and block visualization of the mouth area and facial expressions, the suit says.

According to the suit, the current policy violates state and federal law by excluding deaf people from obtaining equal access to Nike’s services.

Source: Deaf Californians Hit Nike With Suit Over Covid-19 Mask Policy


By Eve Reiland

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