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Federal lawsuit alleges disability employment discrimination

Employers in Florida and other states must ensure that all employees are treated equally, regardless of race, age, sex, national origin or disabilities. Unfortunately, employment discrimination is prevalent in many workplaces, often leading to lawsuits. Alleged ongoing harassment and discrimination by management and other workers resulted in a woman filing a federal lawsuit in another state.

The woman claims violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint, the discrimination followed a four-month period of short-term disability in 2012. The plaintiff contends a new supervisor was appointed shortly before this absence. Upon her return to work, this supervisor allegedly subjected the plaintiff to a consistent flow of demeaning jokes and remarks about her disability and her medication, along with comments relating to her appearance, her performance at work and her salary.

The plaintiff claims she requested a different cubicle but asserts the supervisor allocated it to a non-disabled worker. Furthermore, she asserts that her ability to perform well at work was jeopardized by the supervisor ignoring numerous emails in which the plaintiff requested information required for the completion of work assignments. The discriminatory treatment she received prompted the plaintiff to also lodge a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before filing the lawsuit.

This woman claims the employment discrimination to which she was subjected caused multiple financial losses. Along with back and front pay, she seeks recovery of opportunities she missed, such as salary increases, medical benefits, bonuses and other workplace benefits she was denied from the onset of the alleged violations. Workers in similar circumstances in Florida are free to enlist the help of an experienced labor law attorney to seek legal redress for them, including an award of monetary damages sustained.

Source:, "Woman claims discrimination at workplace", Gene Johnson, May 20, 2016

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