EEOC challenged UPS’s policy of discharging workers unable to return from medical leave after 12 months.
United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) will pay approximately 90 current and former employees $2 million to resolve an EEOC lawsuit filed in 2009. EEOC alleged that UPS failed to provide UPS employees with disabilities reasonable accommodations and maintained an inflexible leave policy which violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Their policy stated that employees who were unable to return to work after 12 months of leave were automatically terminated.
UPS signed a three year consent decree which applies to all UPS facilities in the U.S. UPS will also update its policies on reasonable accommodation, improve its implementation of the policies, and conduct training to those employees who administer the policy. In addition, UPS will provide EEOC with periodic reports on the status of all accommodation requests for the next three years.
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