North Dakota-based Strad Oilfield Services will pay $65,000 in damages to resolve a disability discrimination charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). An investigation by the EEOC revealed that Strad fired an employee shortly after it learned of his diabetes, ignoring the fact that the employee was still able to perform the job according to a fitness-for-duty test.
The lesson: Diabetes is a covered condition under the ADA.
- When employees help sick relatives, beware disability association discrimination
- After employee files internal complaint, beware anything that might look like retaliation
- Youth-Based Discrimination Claims
- Probe all complaints; even positive review can trigger retaliation claim
- EEOC: Employer made biased bed, may have to lie in it