Many people in California utilize the services of Charter Communications, including its cable television, Internet and phone services. Thus, they may be interested to hear that Charter Communications Inc., has settled a disability discrimination claim brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The settlement amounted to $99,500.
Per the EEOC’s lawsuit, a worker at Time Warner needed to take a leave of absence to have a cancerous lump removed. However, 10 days after the procedure was performed and three weeks before the employee was to return to the workplace, she was let go from her job.
According to the EEOC, Time Warner was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the ADA, workers on leave for disability must be given reasonable accommodations. The EEOC determined that the worker in this case was wrongfully terminated because Time Warner knew that the worker took a leave of absence to receive treatment via a life-saving surgical procedure and needed time to recover.
Charter Communications will also be required to revise its written policies to ensure they comply with the ADA as well as train workers on ADA requirements. Charter Communications will also have to keep records on accommodation requests and complaints as monitored by an EEOC employee, and the company must also undergo periodic audits.
Disability discrimination is a real issue in California and across the nation. While federal and state law prohibit disability discrimination, too often workers are denied reasonable accommodations or are unlawfully terminated due to their disability. When this happens, these workers may have legal rights for pursuing compensation. Experienced employment law attorneys understand how to proceed with such cases and may be a useful resource.