A California civil rights agency ordered a Wisconsin electrical supply company to pay a record $846,000 for firing a regional sales manager who was not traveling enough to meet customers because he was recovering from cancer surgery, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on September 14, 2011. The Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s award in the case of veteran electrical sales manager Charles Wideman is the largest payment it has ever ordered in a discrimination case, according to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Wideman headed the largest sales region of Acme Electric from February 2004 to March 2008, before being fired at age 59. According to the Chronicle, he underwent surgery for kidney cancer in 2006 and prostate cancer in 2007 before returning to work within a few weeks of each operation. Wideman had to limit his travel while undergoing further treatment, but his region led all others in sales growth in 2007.
Wideman intended to work for Acme Electric until he turned 67 in June 2015, according to the Chronicle. Unable to find a comparable job and unlikely to do so in the future, the commission said Wideman was entitled to damages for lost pay during that period, based on his past compensation of about $106,000 a year in pay and benefits.
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