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Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Settled--Construction Company to Pay Back Wages

March 3, 2010

In recent employment discrimination news that our Chino Hills Employment Attorneys have been following, A&A Contracting, based in St. Louis, Missouri has agreed to settle a disability discrimination brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC).

The lawsuit accused the construction company of violating Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by firing Rick Wells, a permanent construction worker, because of his history of cancer and kidney and liver problems.

The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and individuals applying for employment who are disabled, who are considered disabled, or who have a history or record of a disability.

The EEOC suit alleges that the Wells had been given a clean bill of health by his doctor, and had been given permission to work, but after Wells applied for the company's health insurance coverage the company reportedly became aware of his history of health issues and wrongfully terminated his employment. Wells was reportedly humiliated for being fired for his perceived disability.

In the settlement, A&A Contracting will pay $17,000 in compensatory damages and lost wages, and has agreed to create and implement an expansive anti-discrimination policy, train all of the management employees, and assign a professional in the human resources department to address anti-discrimination matters.

At Howard Law, PC our employment and labor lawyers believe that all employees are entitled to a workplace free from unlawful disability discrimination. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against based on a disability in Orange County and throughout Southern California, contact our attorneys today.

St. Louis Construction Company Settles Disability Discrimination Suit with EEOC, EEOC Press Release, March 3, 2010

A&A Contracting to Pay Back Wages to Settle EEOC Suit, St. Louis Business Journal, March 3, 2010

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)