Company Settles EEOC Lawsuit Alleging Violations of ADA Accommodations Process

Justrite Manufacturing Company was just wrong when it came to its treatment of employees with disabilities, according to the EEOC.

The agency announced yesterday that the Mattoon, Ill.-based manufacturer of storage, handling and security products, will pay $418,000, to settle Americans With Disabilities Act claims on behalf of disabled employees. The EEOC charged that the company failed to engage disabled employees in interactive dialogue in efforts to find reasonable accommodations, denied accommodations outright, and it retaliated when those employees complained about their treatment.

In addition to the monetary relief, the company will train its 130 employees on what the ADA requires, the EEOC said.

“The reasonable accommodation process works best when both the worker and the employer engage in a good-faith, collaborative discussion to find a mutually beneficial way for the disabled employee to perform the job,” said John P. Rowe, Director of the EEOC’s Chicago District Office. “Retaliation against those who seek to begin this discussion would obviously undermine that process. Such conduct is not only illegal under the ADA, but is also destructive to the greater national goal of enabling employees, disabled or not, to take their place as workers as far as their talents and abilities will take them.”

Here’s the EEOC’s full announcement of the settlement.

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