EEOC Sues Trimark Foodcraft for Disability Discrimination

EEOC Sues Trimark Foodcraft for Disability Discrimination

Excerpted from JD Supra by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Strategic Equipment, LLC, doing business as TriMark Foodcraft, LLC, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in the distribution of commercial kitchen equip­ment and supplies, violated federal law when it denied a reasonable accommodation to an accounts payable clerk and then fired her because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s complaint, the employee was placed at TriMark Foodcraft’s Winston-Salem facility by a temporary staffing agency. Following hospitalization for breathing-related issues about a month later, the employee informed TriMark Foodcraft that she would be returning to work with a personal oxygen device. Instead of allowing the employee to use the device, the company terminated her because of her disability, the EEOC said.
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