Seizure Disability Lawsuit Settled by EEOC

     Neenah Paper reportedly has agreed to pay $33,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought against it.  The lawsuit alleged that the company had refused to allow an employee to return to his job for seven months because of his seizure disorder disability.  Additionally, the lawsuit alleged that the company mandated the employee to take his anti-epileptic medication under observation during his work shifts in the presence of either the plant nurse or certain designated co-workers.  The employee’s neurologist had cleared the employee to return to work, but the company refused to allow the employee to return until a physician confirmed that the employee no longer had the condition. These alleged actions violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of disability.  See EEOC v. Neenah Paper, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-00113 (W.D. Mich.).

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