San Antonio-based Taprite Fassco has settled gender, disability and retaliation charges leveled by a female quality control employee. Taprite Fassco manufactures carbon dioxide regulators for soda and beer dispensers.
According to the complaint, problems began for the employee when she found she was being paid $3 less per hour than a man performing the same job. After she complained, she was demoted to a lower paying job.
The woman had trouble performing that job because she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. She requested a reasonable accommodation of being returned to her prior position. The company denied that request.
She filed a triple-threat complaint with the EEOC, alleging violations of the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the ADA. After conciliation efforts failed, the EEOC filed suit. Instead of taking its chances on a trial, Taprite Fassco agreed to pay the woman $72,500 to settle the complaint.
Note: Retaliation merely provides the EEOC and disgruntled employees with more ammunition. Settling discrimination complaints at the earliest time is often the most cost-effective approach.