Thursday, September 15, 2011

EEOC Sues Goodyear for Disability Discrimination

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, alleging that the company violated the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) by firing a qualified employee at its facility in Fayetteville, N.C., because of her bleeding disorder. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-00468 (E.D.N.C. 2011).

According to the EEOC, Alisha D. Adams applied for the position of tire builder at Goodyear’s Fayetteville facility in October 2007 and was extended a conditional offer of employment, subject to a post-offer medical examination. During this examination, Adams disclosed that she had menorrhagia, a bleeding disorder associated with her menstrual cycle. As a result of this disclosure, Goodyear required Adams to obtain medical clearances from two physicians, which she did, she was medically cleared to work. She began to work for Goodyear in January 2008.

In February 2008, Adams disclosed to her supervisor that she had been diagnosed with menorrhagia. Thereafter, according to the complaint, Adams was terminated by Goodyear because of its unfounded belief that Adams was substantially limited in the major life activity of working. The EEOC alleges in its lawsuit that Goodyear’s conduct violates the ADA. The suit seeks back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages for Adams, as well as injunctive and other non-monetary relief.

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