Floridians who have been negatively impacted due to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should be aware of what steps to take to recover compensation. This happens across the nation and protects those whose disability is pregnancy-related. A recent case was decided in favor of the plaintiff after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a claim.
In the case, M&T Bank was ordered to pay $100,000 and other relief. The woman, a branch manager in Baltimore, required a surgical procedure because of a disability from her pregnancy. When she informed a vice president, she was told she had 10 days to be medically approved to return to work or her position would be filled. She also needed to apply for vacant openings for jobs she had the credentials to perform. Legally, an employer is obligated to provide reasonable accommodation except in cases where it presents undue hardship.
According to the EEOC, there were at least 24 area openings that were similar to her previous job. The bank was accused of dismissing her due to her disability and past disability claims. Employers are prohibited from discriminating because of disability or having a record of disability. The judge determined that the woman should have been granted reassignment without needing to reapply. The bank received other penalties to ensure that it does not engage in this type of behavior in the future.
The ADA is in place to protect workers from employer violations due to disability. If the employer dismissed the employee, did not provide reasonable accommodations, forced the employee to reapply for the job or committed other illegal acts, having legal advice might help with a lawsuit. Boca Raton, workplace disability discrimination law firm help is available and should be called for a consultation.