This is an interesting case that was recently settled between the EEOC and an Ohio-based manufacturer. The lawsuit alleged that the company denied a full-time position to a part-time employee after four years of employment because her managers believed that she would be unable to work full time and care for her child who had a disability. The company will pay $120,000 and other relief to settle what became both a sex and disability discrimination lawsuit.
It’s important to note that the disability discrimination can occur when employers base their decisions on what they “think” a person can or cannot do. Companies cannot make employment-related decisions based on stereotypes that the mother of a disabled child would necessarily be the primary caregiver and that she would not be a reliable employee.
In addition to the $120,000 settlement, the company must provide anti-discrimination training to managers, supervisors, and employees. The company will post a notice concerning employees' rights under federal anti-discrimination laws and report to the EEOC on its hiring practices periodically. Contact Springboard to help you design a training program tailored to your company’s needs to reduce your company unintentional employment-related decisions that can be potentially discriminatory.
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