EEOC Resolves Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

     Heritage Home Group, LLC, has reportedly reached an agreement to resolve a lawsuit that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought against it, alleging that the company had discriminated against one of its employees due to his disability.  The EEOC’s lawsuit alleges that the employee suffered from diabetes.  Due to his diabetes, he had surgery to amputate one of his toes in March 2016.  In addition, the employee was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.  In order to recover, the employee needed to take a leave of absence until June 2016, and he informed Heritage Home Group that he anticipated a return in the first week of June 2016.  The lawsuit claims that, instead of allowing this leave, Heritage Home Group sent a letter to the employee dated April 29, 2016 informing him that Heritage Home Group was terminating his employment because he would not be able to work until June.  See EEOC v. Heritage Home Group, LLC, No. 5:18-CV-00018 (W.D.N.C.).    

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