A power system provider who fired a 52-year-old employee who was diagnosed with cancer and suffered a broken hip will pay $ 315,000 to resolve a discrimination case before the U.S. Equal Treatment Commission, the agency said Thursday.
The agency said the employee, a chief designer, tried to return to work after healing and gave many doctors notes showing that he was fit to return to his previous position, which was mostly sedentary but Chicago-based S&C Electric Co. fired him instead, after a “random” medical examination by an S & C-contracted doctor.
The lawsuit filed against the company in the U.S. District Court in Chicago accused it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the 18-month consent decree in the case, the EEOC said that S&C will pay $ 315,000 to the estate of the former employee, who died last year.
The company must maintain and provide the EEOC with records of each employee at its Chicago facility that terminates after attempting to return to work after a medical leave and submits a complaint to either the company or a government agency. It must also educate its manager and employees about obligations under the ADA.
Chicago-based EEOC regional lawyer Gregory Gochanour said in a statement, “Here we had an employee who did his job well for 52 years, had difficult times and when he was ready to return to the place where he had spent practically his throughout his working life he was rejected despite his qualifications.
“This resolution helped create justice for this employee and his family and is likely to make S&C and other employers act with much more caution when deciding to return disabled employees to work.”
The company’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.