BP One Stop Sued For Discriminating Against Disabled Employee
June 16, 2011
In a recent disability discrimination lawsuit development that our Newport Beach labor and employment attorneys have been following, a BP convenience store in Wisconsin has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for firing an employee because of her disabilities--a violation of federal civil rights.
The lawsuit states that the BP One Stop, a Meffert Oil-owned convenience store fired a female employee who suffers from panic attacks and interstitial familial pulmonary fibrosis, for leaving work to seek medical attention for her health conditions.
According to the EEOC, no employee should be forced to choose between their employment or necessary health and medical treatments, and that BP allegedly discarded this worker because of her medical conditions--apparently considering her useless as an employee because of her disability. The EEOC is hoping in the lawsuit to seek lost wages and punitive and compensatory damages, along with discriminatory practices and injunctive relief.
Under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) it is illegal to engage in disability discrimination in the workplace, and employers must reasonably accommodate the known mental or physical limitations of a disabled individual, applicant or employee who is qualified for the job--unless accommodating the disabled employee would cause undue hardship in the operation of the employer's business.
If you or someone you know in Santa Ana, Irvine, or Fullerton, California has been discriminated against because of a disability, contact Howard Law, PC today for a free consultation about your labor and employment rights.
EEOC Sues BP One Stop Convenience Store For Disability Discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, May 25, 2011
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