EEOC: Car Dealership Violated ADA in Firing Employee Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

An employee allegedly fired by her car dealership because she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on her side.

The EEOC said it has sued Liberty Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge LLC for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by firing the worker because of her disability and failing to reasonably accommodate her without showing that doing so would have been and undue hardship for the company.

The EEOC charged about three months after Shara Rynearson was hired as a commissioned salesperson, she notified her supervisor of symptoms that caused her to go to the emergency room in October 2010: a sudden change in vision, numbness in half of her face, and loss of balance.

Later Rynearson showed her employer her hospital discharge documents, which included a diagnosis predicting multiple sclerosis.  She also informed her supervisor that the doctors had instructed her not to work until after a medical appointment scheduled for early November to confirm the diagnosis.  She later brought in a doctor’s note excusing her absence from work and reiterating her explanation.  The EEOC found that instead of allowing Rynearson to take medical leave for the diagnosis and treatment of her disability, the company fired her on Nov. 5, 2010.

Liberty Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge LLC is a car dealership in Winnemucca, Nev., integrated with Internet Auto Rent and Sales, Inc. in Reno.

Read more about the lawsuit.

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