Waste Management Company To Pay Former Employee Over
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 7, 2003
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND--The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Monday that a waste management company would pay $194,000 to settle claims that a former employee was fired because of her disability.
The employee, Deborah Brown, worked as a boom truck driver and trash compactor repair person for Browning-Ferris, Inc.
Brown claimed she was fired immediately after Browning-Ferris learned that she had Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder. Brown's medical specialists insisted that her work did not effect her disability. Brown also pointed to the fact that she had safely and effectively worked around waste for nearly 10 years.
But the company feared that her disability, along with her continued exposure to waste, would have life-threatening consequences.
The EEOC filed the suit on Brown's behalf, claiming the company violated Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and state and local governments.
Under the settlement agreement, Browning-Ferris will pay Brown full back wages and compensatory damages. The company also must post notices advising its employees of their right to be free from disability-related discrimination.