Disability discrimination/harassment in the workplace can cause a great deal of harm to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers take all proper steps to protect their employees from such discrimination/harassment.
According to the EEOC, during his employment with the restaurant, the man was discriminated against on the basis of disability when it came to what job duties he was given. The EEOC further alleged that the man was subjected to harassment due to his disability.
Reportedly, the man made complaints to the restaurant about this alleged disability discrimination/harassment. The EEOC claimed that the man was subjected to wrongful retaliation after making these complaints.
According to the EEOC, the restaurant eventually fired the man. The EEOC alleged that disability discrimination and wrongful retaliation were behind the firing of the man.
A lawsuit was brought in a federal court in Maryland by the EEOC against the restaurant in connection to the above allegations. Recently, the EEOC and the restaurant reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. As part of this settlement, the restaurant has agreed to take certain steps aimed at preventing disability discrimination/harassment and wrongful retaliation. The restaurant has also agreed to make a monetary payment to the man.
No employee should have to worry that they will be discriminated against or harassed because of a disability they have. Additionally, no employee should have to worry that they will be retaliated against for complaining about disability discrimination/harassment in the workplace. Thus, one hopes that employers are held accountable when they engage in conduct like that which was alleged in this recently settled case.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "McCormick & Schmick's to Pay $47,814 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit," Jan. 7, 2013