In Latest ADA Suit, EEOC Accuses Employer of Firing Employee Because of Cancer Treatments

As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, another employer finds itself in the legal crosshairs due to its alleged cavalier treatment of an employee diagnosed with cancer.

IDEX Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of fluidics systems with locations nationwide, including multiple posts in Florida, now is in the legal hotseat, accused by the EEOC of firing a regional manager because he had cancer.

According to EEOC’s lawsuit filed July 22r, Gregorio Reyes successfully performed his regional manager position at IDEX Corporation, including during the six months in 2011 when he underwent chemotherapy to treat the cancer with which he was diagnosed the year before. During the period of his treatment, however, Reyes’s supervisors repeatedly asked invasive questions about his illness and questioned his ability to perform job tasks. On Dec. 8, 2011, IDEX fired Reyes because of his disability, EEOC says.

“A longtime employee who continues to successfully perform his or her job responsibilities should not be fired because he has been diagnosed with a medical condition such as cancer. The ADA prohibits such conduct, and EEOC takes seriously its responsibility to enforce the law,” said Robert Weisberg, regional attorney for EEOC’s Miami Office.

Read more about the lawsuit.

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