Discrimination in the workplace remains an unfortunate reality throughout the country, despite efforts by millions of employers to increase awareness of sensitive issues among their employees. While our Colorado readers are probably used to seeing news coverage about racial and sexual discrimination, some may not realize that disability discrimination remains a problematic issue as well.
A recent report highlighted one particular scenario in which an employee has alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act by his employer. The employee, who suffers from an undisclosed disability, has alleged in a recently filed lawsuit that he was subjected to employment discrimination throughout his short period of time as an employee with Ampco Products Co. - a large corporation with offices in four states. This man was only an employee with the company for approximately three months back in 2012, but he has also claimed that the harassment he experienced didn't stop after his separation from employment.
Exact details of what kind of harassment this former employee experienced weren't included in the recent report, but the man claims that the behavior was unlawful and that it generated a hostile work environment. The man also claims that even though he complained about the harassment issues, nothing was ever done to address his complaints. The lawsuit seeks compensation for the alleged illegal behavior.
Employment discrimination, whether it is based on race, gender or a disability, among other factors, is illegal. When a Colorado employee believes that they have been subjected to this type of illegal behavior, they can contact either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Colorado Civil Rights Division. It is important to remember, however, that contacting one of these governmental agencies must be done within a specific time period from when the alleged discrimination occurred.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Ampco Products sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act," Whitney Brakken, March 31, 2014