According to this case, an employee who worked for Family Video, a privately owned video game and movie rental company, claims that they were harassed due to a disability of major depression and social anxiety disorder. When the employee complained to the company about the harassment, he was terminated. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC filed a lawsuit against the company on March 1, 2012, claiming that the company was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA.
The EEOC and the Family Video to a three year consent order which means the company will pay the former employee $70,000 in monetary damages. The settlement also forbids the company from any more discrimination based on disability or any retaliation. Family Video will also have to hire an equal Employment Opportunity coordinator to help the company and its employees to understand about discrimination policies and to provide training to employees and investigate any complaints of discrimination.
According to the ADA a disability is defined as a “physical or mental impairment.” A mental impairment is defined by the ADA as “any mental or psychological disorder, such as… emotional or mental illness.” The ADA also states that in order for a condition to be considered an impairment or disability under the law it must “significantly limit one or more of a person’s major life activities.”
If you or someone you care about feel that you have been discriminated against at the workplace because of a disability, then it is important that you talk to a Tennessee employment ADA lawyer right away.
Cases similar to this one occur all too often to workers all across the country and even to the workers in Tennessee. If you feel that you or someone you work has been discriminated against based on a disability, then you should contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee employment attorneys immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you to see that you receive the compensation you may be entitled to by law.
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