Disability Discrimination Illegal

     Disability discrimination has broad coverage, including prohibitions on terminating an employee for a perceived disability.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently settled a lawsuit against a company that it alleged had discriminated against an employee because it perceived the employee as disabled.  The EEOC’s lawsuit claimed that IDEC Corporation viewed one of its employees as disabled because of sleep apnea and a heart condition.  The EEOC further alleged that the company terminated the employee due to these perceived disabilities.  These alleged actions are illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  See EEOC v. IDEC Corp., No. 18-cv-4168 (N.D. Ill.).

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