No employee should have to face wrongful harassment (such as racial harassment, gender harassment, age harassment, religious harassment or disability harassment) at their place of work. Also, no employee should have to worry that they will be retaliated against for reporting wrongful harassment. Wrongful harassment and wrongful retaliation can cause a great deal of harm to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to not engage in such wrongful conduct and to take all proper steps to ensure their employees are not subjected to such wrongful conduct.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed that a woman who worked for the travel company was the victim of workplace disability harassment. The woman held a tour coordinator position with the travel company. The woman suffers from malignant rheumatoid arthritis. Reportedly, this medical condition affected the way the woman walked. The EEOC alleged that a supervisor with the travel company harassed the woman on the basis of her disability and the way it affected the way she walked.
Reportedly, the woman and one of the woman's coworkers made complaints to the travel company about this alleged harassment. According to the EEOC, the travel company failed to take proper actions in response to these complaints. The EEOC further alleged that the woman and her co-worker were subjected to wrongful retaliation after they made these complaints. Allegedly, the woman and her co-worker were eventually forced to resign.
A lawsuit was brought in a federal court by the EEOC against the travel company in connection to these allegations. As we mentioned above, this lawsuit was recently settled. As part of this settlement, the travel company will make a monetary payment.
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser, "Kintetsu settles Maui disability discrimination lawsuit," Jan. 30, 2013
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