A Texas man is suing his former employer over alleged discrimination and harassment in the workplace. In the suit against Ampco Products LLC, the Denton County man says the company allowed an environment in which he was harassed and humiliated because of his disability. The action was filed on March 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The former employee is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in addition to costs and fees.
A company is being sued by a Texas employee for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Denton County resident claims that he was wrongfully discharged after being employed with Ampco Products Co. from Aug. 7 to Nov. 30, 2012. According to reports, the employee was harassed and humiliated because of his disability, the nature of which was not reported.
On March 12, a court in southern Texas ruled that a man employed by a major tax accounting firm may have been discriminated against when he was fired in 2011. The original lawsuit alleged that, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the company was motivated to terminate the man's employment because a car accident had left him disabled.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of a 54-year-old Texas resident from Keller. The man, who worked as a manager for Wal-Mart, says that he was discriminated against and ultimately fired because of his age and disability. The man was diagnosed with diabetes after he began working for Wal-Mart.
A company recently discovered that simply having one employee in Texas was enough to get it sued for violating that employee's rights. The company assumed wrongly that it would not be held liable for poor treatment and wrongful termination of the only employee it had in Texas. A judge found otherwise.
Discrimination in Texas workplaces can come in multiple forms. In many cases, the mere act of an employer to fail to provide reasonable accommodations for a disabled employee might constitute employment discrimination. This is what one former Radio Shack store manager in Houston is claiming after he was injured in a robbery.
When Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008, it was clear that the law would be broadly interpreted to cover a wide range of disabilities, specifically addressing mental illness, among other conditions. However, the Fifth Circuit Court recently affirmed a lower court's decision that depression does not qualify as a disability in a Texas man's employee discrimination case.
There are many instances of employment discrimination based on disability in Texas and around the country. In many cases, these are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But what is defined as a disability? The disorder that a Texas man is claiming might catch some people off-guard.
Coming back to work after a disability leave can be tough. It was especially so for a legally blind Texas woman who claims that her employer refused her request for reasonable accommodations.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Texas employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. A reasonable accommodation can be a number of things - from providing workers with altered schedules or wheelchair access. A reasonable accommodation might also mean giving workers different tools to do their jobs. Unfortunately, employers often fail to provide workers with the simple accommodations they need - and have a right to - in order to do their jobs.