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Interstate Transport to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

July 26, 2019
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Company Fired Employee Because She Has Cancer, Federal Agency Charged

Interstate Transport, Inc., a third-party logistics and truck brokerage services company, violated federal law by firing a qualified employee because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on July 16, 2019 (EEOC v. Interstate Transport, Inc., Case No.8:19-cv-01710-MSS-AEP, M.D. Fla.).

According to the EEOC’s suit, Linda Brown was terminated after she informed Interstate Management that she feared a cancer diagnosis and needed a surgical procedure to address it. The company asserted that it could not risk keeping Brown on staff with the possibility of cancer looming, believing that her condition would require too much time off in the future. Throughout her employment at Interstate, Brown received positive comments and feedback from her supervisor about her work, the EEOC said.

The consent decree resolving the lawsuit, which was approved by the Court yesterday, provides $40,000 of monetary relief for Brown. Interstate has also agreed to provide annual training about disability discrimination over a three-year period. Interstate will provide reports twice a year for three years to the EEOC on disability discrimination-related complaints from its employees, including information about Interstate’s response to such employee complaints.

“Federal law prohibits employers from dismissing disabled employees based on a medical diagnosis and course of treatment, and we will enforce that law,” said Robert E. Weisberg, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Miami District Office. “We commend Interstate for its cooperation with the EEOC and willingness to work together early on to reach an acceptable resolution.”

Michael Farrell, director of the EEOC’s Miami District Office, added, “A cancer diagnosis is an illegal basis for terminating an employee, and the EEOC will continue to fight for employees who are treated differently on the basis of their disability.”

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