Gas field specialists to pay $184,000 to settle EEOC disability discrimination case | United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

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Company fires 15-year-old employee due to history of cancer, federal agency charged

PHILADELPHIA – Gas Field Specialists, Inc. (GFS), a natural gas well service company based in Potter County, Pennsylvania, will pay $184,000 and provide a substantial injunction and other non-monetary relief to settle a Disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC lawsuit, an employee who had worked for the company for 15 years was fired and then terminated due to a disability or disability record. The EEOC argued that GFS fired the employee because he had a history of cancer. The suit further alleges that a company owner told the employee that the company did not want him to get sick from COVID-19 and had to fire anyone with health issues during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID.

Such alleged conduct violates the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits employers from making employment decisions based on disability, or subjecting employees to disparate employment conditions and/or work environments. hostile work, termination, dismissal, or forcing an employee to quit, based on an actual or perceived disability or history of disability.

The consent decree settling the lawsuit requires GFS to pay the employee $174,000 in lost wages and $10,000 in compensatory damages. It also prohibits GFS from violating the ADA in the future, including taking adverse action against employees on the basis that they have health conditions that could put them at higher risk for health complications if they do. they contracted COVID-19. The executive order also requires GFS to document its reasons whenever employees are not recalled after a seasonal layoff. The company will also provide ADA training to its managers and human resources staff.

In addition, GFS must provide reports to the EEOC detailing its compliance with the terms of the executive order and its receipt of any complaints of disability-related discrimination. The court will retain the power to enforce the terms of the decree during its three-year term.

“Employers have an obligation to make personnel decisions without considering employees’ medical histories,” said Philadelphia Regional District Attorney Debra M. Lawrence. “Illegal employment practices, in this case, are unacceptable in the workplaces of our country. This monetary settlement is an affirmation of who we are and what we believe as a country: that workplace discrimination is unacceptable and illegal.

Philadelphia District Manager Jamie R. Williamson said, “Many employees who have been diagnosed with cancer choose to work despite their condition because, after all, they still have to make ends meet. This employee lost his job because this employer did not ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

For more information on disability discrimination, please visit https://www.eeoc.gov/disability-discrimination.

The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC has jurisdiction over Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and parts of New Jersey and Ohio. Philadelphia District Office attorneys also pursue discrimination cases in Washington, DC and parts of Virginia.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.

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