A man in another state has filed a civil claim against his former employer for being fired after suffering a medical event that left him disabled. Laws are in place to protect employees from disability discrimination. If this gentleman is able to successfully prove that he is a victim of this type of injustice, he may receive compensation for his losses. The same can be said for Colorado residents who have suffered similar fates.
According to reports, the plaintiff claims that in Aug. 2016, he was released from employment at Machinery Transport Inc., after receiving medical care for a stroke. When ready to return to work, this individual was allegedly denied the accommodations he required in order to do his job. Since losing his position, he says he has suffered financially by losing out on wages, benefits and other opportunities for employment.
This complaint against Machinery Transport Inc. was filed near the end of March. It has not been reported how the company plans to address the claims made in this case. The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages, back pay, legal costs and any other relief that may be available to him.
There is nothing easy about disability discrimination cases. Employers will fight vigorously to defend termination decisions. At the end of the day, if an employee suffers a medical event or other injury, leaving him or her disabled, employers are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations in order for that employee to maintain his or her position. If accommodations are refused and the employee fired without sufficient cause, as is alleged in this case, the employee is well-within his or her rights to seek damages. Those in Colorado who believe they have been subjected to disability discrimination can seek assistance from a skilled attorney in order to determine if legal actions are appropriate.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Truck driver accuses former employer of civil rights violations", Philip Gonzales, April 11, 2017