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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