The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from engaging in disability discrimination against their employees. Disability discrimination in the workplace is a very serious thing. Such discrimination can cause a great deal of harm to employees and no employee should have to be subjected to it. Thus, one hopes that employers make sure to not engage in disability discrimination against their employees and are held accountable when they do commit such discrimination.
According to the EEOC, the man made a request to the company for an accommodation after he was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. The EEOC alleges that the company denied the man a reasonable accommodation. The EEOC further claims that the company then terminated the man from his position. The EEOC has alleged that this firing was discriminatory in nature.
According to a press release on the EEOC's website, a disability discrimination lawsuit has been brought in a federal court in Wisconsin by the EEOC against the auto parts retail company in connection to these allegations. The EEOC's lawsuit is asking for monetary relief, including punitive and compensatory damages. Non-monetary relief is also being sought in this lawsuit.
One wonders what will happen in this disability discrimination case and how it will ultimately be resolved.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "EEOC Sues O'Reilly Auto Parts for Disability Bias," Sept. 28, 2012
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