Many workers are blessed with being healthy for most of their lives, but sometimes things can change without notice. There are many cases in which Texas employees do not manifest symptoms of an illness until they are adults. A man who worked for Grayson County alleges in a federal court proceeding that he lost his job without any proof of the allegations against him. He believes that the reason for his dismissal was because of his health diagnosis and that the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The plaintiff was hired by the county as a sanitation worker for the health department. He was employed there for more than 20 years. In 2012, he suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with having adult onset seizure disorder and epilepsy.
After the incident, the plaintiff alleges that his pay was reduced and that he was demoted from his position. Two months after the pay change, he was suspended for violating company policy. His career with the company ended when he was apparently accused of sexual harassment. He alleges that no evidence was cited regarding the allegations, though he was fired.
The man was issued a formal right to sue notice after he submitted his complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If the company is found to have been in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court may award him the monetary damages that he is seeking. Texas workers who find themselves in similar situations have the right to pursue legal recourse.
Source: setexasrecord.com, “Man says Grayson County violated ADA“, Carol Ostrow, March 11, 2015