Under the law, specifically, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is illegal for private employers, state and local governments, as well as employment agencies and labor unions with 15 or more employees to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency who enforces employment discrimination laws such as the ADA, has filed a lawsuit against American Apparel for disability discrimination.
According to the EEOC, the Los Angeles clothing manufacturer allegedly fired one of its employees after a medical leave because of cancer treatment. The EEOC claimed that the termination of the worker was in contravention of the ADA as the company failed to accommodate the worker’s reasonable needs for his disability.
American Apparel is being sued for back pay, compensatory and punitive damages. The EEOC also seeks that an injunction be order to prevent future disability discrimination.
In response to the lawsuit, American Apparel stated that it is reviewing the complaint and would try to resolve the matter.