On Sept. 28, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Home Depot on behalf of an employee it says was terminated after an emergency related to a disability. As a general rule, employers in Florida and around the country must reasonably accommodate workers who have a disability. According to the EEOC lawsuit, Home Depot failed to accommodate a disabled woman before terminating her. She suffered from IBS and fibromyalgia.
The suit is alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it was filed after the EEOC and the company couldn't come to a resolution out of court. The EEOC is asking for full back pay in addition to other compensatory and punitive damages for the employee. It is also asking that steps be taken to ensure that Home Depot doesn't take similar actions in the future.
According to a representative from the EEOC, the woman simply needed to take a short break to resolve her situation. Furthermore, it is alleged that Home Depot fired the woman because she violated minor company polices. However, those policies were broken only because the company would not provide the accommodation. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Disabled workers in the Boca Raton area who feel as if they have had their legal rights violated by an employer may wish to discuss their situation with an attorney. It may be possible for legal counsel to gather evidence that may support such a claim. Either through informal talks or a formal trial, it may be possible to obtain financial damages for people who were not properly accommodated.