Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2018 - Mueller Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million to end a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that charged the global manufacturing company with discriminating against workers with disabilities.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The EEOC argued Mueller fired employees who exceeded its 180-day maximum leave policy, which disadvantaged workers with disabilities. The EEOC also asserted the company’s strict enforcement of its leave policy goes against the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
The settlement terms require Mueller to reinstate the affected employees, update its policies and pay the monetary relief, among other directives.
Rosa Viramontes, the director of the EEOC's Los Angeles District Office said, "Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, barring undue hardship. Workers may need a period of leave for medical treatment or recovery which, once granted, allows them to return and continue on as productive workers."
Betsy Havens, executive director of Los Angeles employment law firm Strong Advocates, helps those who have been discriminated against because of their disability. “All workers should be given an equal chance to contribute in the workplace, which is why we fight to protect the rights of those with disabilities,” said Havens.
According to its website, Mueller is a multi-billion-dollar company that manufacturers and distributes metal goods around the world. It operates a facility in Ontario, California, just east of Los Angeles.
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