Unfortunately, even in today's world, discrimination in the workplace is a continuing problem that often goes unchecked. Discrimination is wrong and can exist in many forms. In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, workers with disabilities have rights and are protected by law. Tragically, even those with disabilities can face workplace discrimination. Recently, a worker in another state filed a lawsuit after she allegedly experienced discrimination from her employer for being disabled.
The woman worked for a call center company and, according to the lawsuit, needed time off after undergoing three surgeries on her hands. Allegedly, she was never informed of her eligibility for leave rights. The plaintiff claims that when she returned to work, she was given fewer hours of work and was transferred to a lower position without any reason. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff also was subjected to disciplinary action.
According to the plaintiff, these were acts of discrimination by her employer due to her disability. The plaintiff alleges that her employer failed to provide her with notice of her leave eligibility rights and refused to provide her with a nondiscriminatory and fair workplace. The lawsuit also claims the employer failed to provide the plaintiff with accommodations that would have allowed her to continue to work as a full-time employee and maintain her benefits.
Having a good, secure job is a fundamental part of living a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, acts of discrimination in the workplace can have disastrous effects on the lives of workers. Any Massachusetts resident who feels that he or she has been a victim of workplace discrimination can take action by seeking the services of a knowledgeable employment law attorney.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Employee alleges call center company failed to provide medical leave", Noddy A. Fernandez, June 9, 2017