Disabled employees generally require reasonable accommodations to continue performing their job duties. Firing workers because of their disabilities is discriminatory and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A former employee of Maximus -- which has offices in Texas -- believes her termination was based on her necessity for an accommodation.
The woman worked as a customer service agent for the company. Not long after she was hired, she discovered that she had a uterine tumor. This tumor allegedly required her to make more frequent trips to the restroom.
The plaintiff told her employer about her tumor and provided paperwork from her doctor. The paperwork allegedly detailed the type of accommodation that she would need to continue to perform her job effectively. Five months later, her superior approached her and said that she was taking advantage of her situation and not getting her work done. The plaintiff claims she was then fired that day.
The Texas woman claims that Maximus fired her because of her disability, which is unlawful according to the ADA. She has filed her wrongful termination claim in a federal court and is seeking to be returned to her former position as well as to be compensated for legal costs, lost income, and damages. It is illegal for an employer to base a dismissal on a person's disability or any other legally protected status. An employee who believes he or she is aggrieved can have his or her case evaluated by an experienced employment law professional who can then advise the next best course of action.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Henderson County worker alleges Maximus guilty of wrongful termination", Molly English-Bowers, Dec. 17, 2015