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Disability discrimination case comes to a settlement

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2019 | Workplace Discrimination

Having a disability does not stop numerous people from holding down employment. Often, these individuals can meet the necessary requirements for a position and may only need certain accommodations to complete their tasks. However, some employers or prospective employers may treat these workers unfairly due to disability discrimination.

New York readers may be interested in a discrimination case that recently came to a settlement in another state. According to reports, a Navy veteran who contends with post-traumatic stress disorder applied for a position with a trucking company. Despite obtaining his commercial driver’s license after completing the required course, the man was not hired because the company has a no-pet policy. The man has a service dog that helps him with issues stemming from his PTSD.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on the man’s behalf, claiming discrimination and retaliation on the basis of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The recent settlement reached in the case indicates that the trucking company will pay the man $47,500 for back pay and compensatory damages. The company is also prohibited from refusing to hire or provide reasonable accommodations in applicable situations.

Facing disability discrimination can certainly cause applicants and workers to feel disheartened. However, they do have options for working toward having the wrongdoing they were subjected to handled appropriately. New York workers who believe that they were unjustly treated on the basis of their disabilities may want to explore their legal options. Experienced employment law attorneys could provide useful information to interested parties.