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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Agrees to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

U.S. giant tire maker Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed against it by paying the monetary relief and submitting to several terms and conditions set forth in its consent decree.

The said disability discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EOOC) before the office of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents, in October 2007, Alisha Adams applied as a tire builder at Goodyear. Adams was given a conditional offer of employment and during the post-offer medical examination in Goodyear’s Fayetteville facility, Adams said that she had menorrhagia.

Menorrhagia is a condition characterized by heavy and prolonged menstrual period at regular intervals. It can be caused by abnormal blood clotting and usual hormonal regulation periods disruption. Depending on each case, it may be associated with unusual painful periods, which are often referred to as dysmenorrhea.

Going back to the lawsuit, allegedly, after Adams’ revelation regarding her condition, she was required to obtain separate medical opinions from two physicians who both declared her fit to work. Adams started working for Goodyear in January 2008; however, a few weeks after Adams told her supervisor that she had a bleeding disorder, she was subsequently fired.

Such alleged misconduct clearly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which illegalizes discrimination on the basis of disability.

Aside from the $20,000.00 monetary relief that Goodyear has to pay, it is further required to enter into a two-year consent decree to settle the lawsuit. Included in the consent decree are the following actions that Goodyear must take:

•    Provide anti-discrimination training to managers, supervisors, human resource and senior employees.
•    Post a notice with information covering employee’s rights under federal anti-discrimination laws.
•    Provide periodic reports under federal anti-discrimination laws.
•    Provide periodic reports to the EEOC on its hiring practices.

Goodyear is the biggest tire manufacturer in North America and Latin America and the second largest tire make in Europe. Its main office is located at Akron, Ohio, and employs more than 69,000 workers around the world.

Incidentally, the statutes on disability discrimination include many other stipulations that protect individuals against employer harassment. If you have any disability and you have been discriminated by an employer, do not hesitate to consult with an experienced employment attorneys like a Los Angeles discrimination attorney. That way, you would be properly guided and represented in court or in mediation efforts.

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