The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission covered multiple categories of discrimination in filing 15 different lawsuits over the final week-and-a-half of August. The National Law Journal reported on September 2, 2011, that the suits filed by the EEOC target such major companies as Ford Motor Co. and Kohl’s Department Stores, as well as the government of American Samoa.
The cases against Ford and Kohl’s both allege violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, an area of employment law which the Journal noted has seen the definition of who is considered disabled widened by the implementation of amendments added in 2008. The recent cases filed by the EEOC focus more on how employers must provide reasonable accommodation rather than proving whether or not someone is disabled, according to the Journal.
The case against Ford alleges the company refused to allow an employee who suffered from irritable bowel syndrome to telecommute, instead criticizing the employee’s performance and firing her rather than providing accommodation. Wisconsin-based Kohl’s allegedly “refused to accommodate a diabetic employee’s request for a regular schedule and forced her to quit her job at a Westbrook, Maine, Kohl’s store,” according to the Journal.
The age discrimination suit against the government of American Samoa for allegedly launching “a campaign to remove older employees from its work force in order to open up positions for younger people” is the first-ever action against the U.S. territory.
This spate of lawsuits from the EEOC should serve as an excellent reminder to everybody that all people should know their workplace rights. If you feel that you may have been a victim of employment discrimination or are unsure how to prove discrimination, contact our office today to set up a consultation.
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