An Oregon employee with certain types of disabilities and physical limitations has the right to work, and his or her employer must provide reasonable accommodations to him or her. When a boss fails to do this, it may be considered disability discrimination, and it could be grounds for a lawsuit. Business litigation against a company in another state illustrates the importance of taking this issue seriously and how failure to do so could be costly.
A construction company was sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over events that supposedly discriminated against an employee who had certain types of medical needs. An employee had a seizure at work, and four days after this event, she was fired by her employer. The lawsuit alleges that the company failed to work with the employee to figure out what types of accommodations she may need.
The company also faced accusations that it mishandled sensitive information with employment applications. The EEOC alleged that many of the actions taken by company were in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The claimant was successful, and a federal court ordered the company to pay $42,500 and provide other relief to the employee.
Business litigation over discrimination and other employee-related issues can be costly for an Oregon business. This is why it is important for a business to ensure that their policies and procedures meet federal standards. In the event that a lawsuit is filed, any business has the right to fight back against these claims and pursue a beneficial outcome to the situation.