USA: Govt. agency sues L-3 Communications over refusal to allow employee to return to work after medical leave & failure to provide reasonable accommodation

Author: EEOC (USA), Published on: 27 February 2017

"L-3 Communications Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination", 23 Feb 2017

L-3 Communications, a large defense contractor...refused to allow a senior manufacturing engineer to return to work following leave related to depression and subsequently forced him to resign because of his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit...According to...lawsuit, the engineer worked successfully...after being hired in 2008.  In...2014, he suffered two major depressive episodes at work and went on medical leave.  [H]e was returned to work with a full release from his physician...The psychologist...indicated that he could safely resume work with accommodations such as additional training and feedback, and recommended that the best long-term outcome would be to return him to a different position.  The engineer also asked whether there was a reasonable accommodation that the company could provide...The company failed to consider or provide any reasonable accommodation, and instead gave him the ultimatum that he would either need to resign or be fired.  Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...The agency seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the victim, as well as injunctive relief...

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