Company agrees to settle EEOC claim and change policies

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency that protects workers from discrimination. When a California worker believes that he or she has been a victim of some type of discrimination, he or she is entitled to file an EEOC claim in an effort to resolve the issue. Recently, a company agreed to settle a complaint concerning discrimination against disabled workers.

Several employees had filed complaints against their employer, Sensient, LLC, alleging that the company would not allow extended leave for serious health reasons and did not make accommodations for these workers when they returned to duty. Employees who decided to return to duty without the restrictions that they required were purportedly subjected to termination in violation of federal policies regarding the American with Disabilities Act. The complaints centered on one plant in particular.

The company has agreed to settle the claims with the EEOC by paying an estimated $800,000 that would be distributed to the affected workers. Along with the fines, the company agreed to allow an agency representative to review company polices and make revisions as needed to meet federal regulations. In addition, it agreed to ensure workers and management staff were properly trained in procedures and that the company would agree to internal monitoring of records and complaints for 36 months.

A portion of the fine was set-up in a fund to be disbursed to any other worker who comes forward with a similar discrimination complaint. Any California employee who has been a victim of discrimination is assured of the right to file an EEOC claim against an employer who may have violated his or her rights. In addition to the assistance provided by the federal agency, a worker may seek information and guidance from an attorney who specializes in employment law.

Source: centralvalleybusinesstimes.com, "Sensient to settle disability discrimination lawsuit", June 30, 2017

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