The EEOC’s suit states, Stanley Black & Decker fired an inside sales representative, who had exceeded her sales goals and quotas for low attendance in December 2016.
In 2018 the EEOC brought the charge for unlawful termination because the company violated the federal law. The employee requested unpaid leave for medical appointments and treatment related to her cancer.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. The company did not grant her the requested leave.
The $140,000 settlement (March 2019) for the disability discrimination suit charged by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was due to Stanley Black & Decker firing an employee who requested leave for medical treatment. In addition to the $140,000, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. will furnish significant equitable relief as part of the settlement and amend their inside sales attendance policy. The company will also train inside sales managers, supervisors, and human resource personnel annually on ADA.
Stanley Black & Decker Inc., a Fortune 500 American manufacturer of industrial tools and household hardware headquartered in Hartford city New Britain, Connecticut.
The EEOC has six national priorities that are identified by the Strategic Enforcement Plan. One of the six addresses emerging and developing areas of the law to include inflexible leave policies that discriminate against individuals with disabilities.