It is never acceptable for a company to deny a job or promotion to someone because of a medical condition. To do so is considered discrimination, and violates EEOC regulations protecting workers. In Texas, one man is fighting his former employer because he says he was harassed and experienced discrimination after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The man was working at a Lubbock-based car dealership as a general manager when he was told he had MS. Before he learned of his physical ailments, he claims that he had been told upon being hired that he would have advancement opportunities in the form of a partnership if he did well. However, when his health problems began to be noticeable, he says he was treated unfairly by colleagues.
He alleges that one supervisor asked him if he was a "cripple." He also claims that the same supervisor insinuated that his MS meant he would never be able to advance in his position or earn a lot of money. Though he claims to have made other superiors aware of the situation, he says that no actions were taken against the alleged offenders. Eventually, the discrimination became so overwhelming that he felt he had no recourse but to resign from his position as general manager. Afterward, he filed a formal complaint with the EEOC.
There has been no public response from his former Texas employer, which is not unusual in pending legal cases. The man is seeking punitive and compensatory damages for discrimination. He is also looking for injunctive relief in addition to back pay.
Source: businessmanagementdaily.com, Car dealership faces disability bias charges, No author, Jan. 12, 2014