Pine City Company Ordered To Pay $40K In Discrimination Suit
A Pine City manufacturing company has been ordered to pay $40,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. The suit against Product Fabricators, Inc. was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) back in 2009.
In the lawsuit the EEOC charged that Product Fabricators fired long-time employee Dennis Anderson because he was taking a low-dosage, prescribed narcotic medication for back pain. The EEOC said that such action was taken because Product Fabricators perceived Anderson as being disabled solely because he was taking the medication, and failed to consider his ability to perform the job.
The EEOC also said that the Product Fabricators required all employees to report whether they were taking any prescription or over-the-counter medication. The EEOC said that this policy is a violation of the ADA because it is not related to the ability of employees to do their jobs, and is therefore unlawful because employees complying with the policy were likely to unwillingly disclose information about any disabilities or impairments they may have. Such alleged conduct violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects employees and applicants from discrimination based on perceived disabilities.
The EEOC’s website says that the Pine City employer will be required to submit to ongoing training, reporting and monitoring by the EEOC. In addition to paying $40,000 to Anderson, Product Fabricators must also drop its policy of requiring employees to report all prescription or over-the-counter medication to their supervisors.