EEOC lawsuit alleges woman fired over disability


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Posted Online: Dec. 05, 2012, 8:35 am
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CHICAGO (AP) A federal lawsuit contends a Chicago-area woman was wrongfully fired from her job because she has a prosthetic leg.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a staffing company called Staffmark Investment and its client, Sony Electronics. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

EEOC officials say Staffmark hired Dorothy Shanks to inspect Sony televisions at a facility in Romeoville. The EEOC says Shanks did the job with no difficulty, but Staffmark removed her on her second day, saying she'd be put in a position that allowed her to sit. Federal investigators say she was never put on another job, despite repeated calls asking for work.

An attorney for Staffmark declined to comment on the lawsuit. A Sony Electronics executive says it lacks merit.














 




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