Auto Component Maker Faces EEOC Discrimination Suit
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 11, 2004
DETROIT, MICHIGAN--A multi-national company that makes mirrors and other automotive components is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discriminating against workers with disabilities.
According to a brief story in the Oakland Daily Press, the EEOC filed suit Friday against Magna Donnelly Corp. Inc. for violating Bonnie Kronemeyer's rights under Title I of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Title I requires businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to protect the rights of current and potential workers with disabilities.
The EEOC action claims that Kronemeyer, who has multiple sclerosis and diabetes, was fired from her job because she could no longer perform certain tasks. She was not given an opportunity to try another job, even though she was qualified to perform its essential functions, the suit asserts.
Federal officials further charge the company with discriminating against Kronemeyer by having a policy under which it fires employees whose medical conditions have continued for 18 months, without considering any workplace accommodations.
The suit seeks back pay, along with monetary, compensatory and punitive damages. The EEOC also wants the company to rehire Kronemeyer; train its staff on ADA requirements; post ADA rules; modify its employment application; implement a policy prohibiting disability discrimination; and agree to not retaliate against her.
Magna employs 77,000 people at 215 manufacturing divisions and 48 product development and engineering centers around the world.
The EEOC filed the suit after negotiations with the company failed, the article noted.