The EEOC has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against UPS in federal court in Chicago.
The suit alleges the package delivery giant consistently refuses to allow disabled workers to take extended medical leave as a reasonable accommodation. The EEOC filing seeks to make the suit a class action.
UPS allows workers to take up to a year of medical leave before terminating them.
The employee at the center of the controversy, Trudi Momsen, suffers from multiple sclerosis. She took a year of medical leave and returned to work. After working 18 days, Momsen claimed she needed more time off to deal with side effects of her medication. UPS maintains she never requested accommodation and abandoned her job.
The suit seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for Momsen and other similarly situated employees.
UPS has vowed to fight the suit. The company claims its disability policy is one of the nation’s most generous.