Struggling with a disability can be a physically or mentally challenging situation. It may also be an emotionally difficult scenario, as other people who do not understand what it is like to have the disability may ridicule or exclude the individual. Facing this type of situation in the workplace, where one expects to be treated fairly and to be given an opportunity to prove himself or herself, can feel degrading. One man in Texas recently was awarded damages stemming from a case involving disability discrimination and wrongful termination.
A man who was mentally disabled had transferred to the Plano location of the Kroger grocery chain after having been with the company for five years. The man had been promoted to assistant bakery manager in spite of his disabilities. However, his new manager demoted him and reportedly began to verbally insult him.
After the employee complained about the mistreatment, he was terminated. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a discrimination suit on his behalf. A federal jury recently awarded him $450,000 in light of the situation.
A company in Texas may not discriminate against an employee simply because he or she has a physical or mental disability. Terminating an employee for complaining about discrimination at a company is also unlawful. When wrongful termination takes place, the employee who was fired may choose to pursue appropriate legal remedies through the EEOC or otherwise. A case that is successfully litigated can lead to remedies such as monetary relief for damages associated with the incident or even reinstatement to the job.
Source: businessmanagementdaily.com, Kroger to pay $450,000 for disability bias in Plano, No author, Jan. 10, 2014