EEOC SUES EAGLE MARINE SERVICES FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

 Federal Agency Alleges the Marine Services Company Refused to Hire or Accommodate Worker Because of His Prescribed Medication

 NEW ORLEANS – Eagle Marine Services Electrical & Refrigeration, LLC, a marine services company based in Berwick, Louisiana, violated federal law when it refused to hire or accommodate a worker because he used medication prescribed by his doctor to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (“ADHD”) the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the company withdrew its offer of a marine electrician position after the worker revealed, as part of a company-ordered medical examination, that he had ADHD and took prescribed medication to treat it. Eagle Marine Services failed to make any individual assessment of the worker’s medication use or whether it would affect his ability to safely perform the marine electrician position, and instead relied on general stereotypes about disability and medication use to justify its decision not to hire him.

EEOC SUES AFFORDABLE HOME FURNISHINGS FOR RACE DISCRIMINATION

 Furniture Seller and Renter Subjected an African American Manager-in-Training to a Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges

 BATON ROUGE, La. – Affordable Rent-to-Own, LLC, doing business as Affordable Home Furnishings, a furniture retailer and lessor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, violated federal law when it subjected an African American manager-in-training to a hostile work environment and then discharged him in retaliation when he reported it, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Monday.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a white account manager at Affordable Home Furnishings’ Florida Boulevard store repeatedly used the word “n****r” while working with the manager-in-training. In each instance, the manager-in-training told him the word was offensive and asked him not to use it. When the account manager continued to use the slur, the manager-in-training reported it to a white assistant store manager. The same day, the assistant store manager used the same word herself, which the manager-in-training reported to the store manager.

Several days later, Affordable Home Furnishings fired the manager in training, ostensibly because his performance was poor. The manager in training had performance that was comparable to that of the account manager, who was not fired. The manager-in-training had received near-perfect scores on the store manager test just two weeks earlier.

WALGREENS SUED BY EEOC FOR PREGNANCY AND DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Pharmacy and Retailer Refused to Allow a Pregnant

Worker with Disabilities to Take Leave, Forcing Her to Quit, Federal Agency Says

 ALEXANDRIA, La. – Walgreens Co., a pharmacy and retailer, violated federal law when it refused to allow a pregnant worker with disabilities to take emergency leave to seek medical attention, forcing her to quit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a pregnant customer sales associate—who suffered from diabetes and hypoglycemia—was spotting and asked the store manager to allow her to take unscheduled, emergency leave to seek medical attention. Although the store manager and team lead could have covered for her, the store manager told the pregnant employee she could not leave until they found a replacement for her and were unable to find one. The store manager then told the pregnant employee she had already asked for too many accommodations. The customer sales associate had no option but to resign, per her doctor’s advice. She miscarried later that day.

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