Company pays to settle HIV-related employment discrimination suit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is one of the government agencies responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit discrimination against workers. Employment discrimination that occurs based upon certain characteristics protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, such a person's HIV-positive status, is prohibited by federal law. California readers may be interested in a recent article that details the legal ramifications faced by a company that violated these laws.

According to the EEOC suit, Zoo Printing, Inc., which is a printing company based in California, recently agreed to settlement terms after firing two employees who were HIV-positive. In addition, the suit alleges that Zoo Printing, Inc., also fired a human resources assistant in retaliation for disputing the company's practice of not hiring female or disabled applicants. The suit stipulates that these practices violate a number of federal laws enacted to protect employees.

The EEOC attempted to reach an agreement with the company prior to filing the suit but was unable to reach a satisfactory settlement. In the final result of the settlement, Zoo Printing, Inc., was required to provide financial relief to the terminated employees, and it was also further sanctioned regarding its future hiring practices. Under this ruling, the company is prohibited from further discriminatory hiring practices and is required to make reports to the EEOC. Additionally, it must require its employees to attend EEO education classes.

There are many reasons why employees may face discrimination in California. Workers who feel that they have been discriminated against due to a reason protected by law may benefit in discussing their unique situations with attorneys. Attorneys whose practice is focused on employment discrimination law could be a good choice for gaining assistance with ensuring that an employee's rights are protected. Additionally, they can help ensure that financial reparation is provided in the event that an employee is fired due to illegal and unfair reasons.

Source: The National Law Review, "Zoo Printing Agrees to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Disability and Retaliation Discrimination Lawsuit", May 30, 2016

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