The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against one of the largest delivery companies in the US for allegedly terminating an employee due to his disability.
The EEOC’s suit claims that the employee who suffered from erratic diabetes and worked as a pre-loader requested accommodation to be allowed a small break between unloading vehicles to check on his blood glucose level and eat a snack whenever it was needed. In response, after two days of work at the end of a shift, the employee received a voicemail from a supervisor stating he was a liability and was fired.
If true, this would be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. After failing in conciliation efforts, the EEOC has filed a federal lawsuit seeking back pay, injunctive relief to prevent further violations, and both compensatory and punitive damages for the employee in question.
To prevent issues such as these, employers must always remember to engage in an interactive process with employees who have disabilities to grant reasonable accommodations whenever possible.