Norfolk Southern Railway Company Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination
The EEOC charges that Norfolk Southern Railway Company discriminated against an employee because of his disability. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit the employee, who suffers from a degenerative disc disorder, was cleared by his physician to return to work, without restrictions. Norfolk Southern’s medical director ignored the physician’s opinion and concluded he was medically disqualified from working. The employee was subsequently terminated. Employers who perceive employees as disabled when they are not disabled violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC seeks reinstatement, back pay, and compensatory and punitive damages, along with injunctive relief intended to prevent future discrimination.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, Norfolk Southern Railway Company Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination, (Sept. 23, 2013).