EEOC Recovers $380K for Regional Manager Fired by Employer Because He Had Cancer

An employer is paying big because it fired a regional manager who had cancer.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday the settlement of this Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit against IDEX Corporation, a Lake Forest, Ill.-based manufacturer and supplier of fluidics systems with locations nationwide.

The commission filed this suit in 2015, alleging that during the period the regional manager was being treated for cancer of supervisors repeatedly asked the manager invasive questions about his illness and questioned his ability to perform job tasks.

Eventually they fired him because of his disability of cancer, the EEOC charged.

IDEX is paying $380,000 to settle the suit, the commission said.

“The conduct in this case is a shocking reminder of why the Americans With Disabilities Act is such a critical law,” said EEOC Miami District Director Michael Farrell. “Situations like this demonstrate why the EEOC’s law enforcement responsibilities are so important in today’s workplace.”

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