INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Zoo Printing Inc. will pay $110,000 to settle allegations of disability discrimination and retaliation.
The commercial printing company purportedly violated federal law when it fired two employees at its Louisville, Kentucky, facility because they have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Additionally, the company allegedly fired an employee as retaliation for that employee opposing its refusal to hire female applicants or applicants with disabilities.
"Firing an employee summarily just because he or she is HIV-positive is not only unfair and counterproductive, it's illegal under federal law," said EEOC supervisory attorney Michelle Eisele. "Further, no employer is entitled to punish an employee for standing up to discrimination. The EEOC is here to enforce those laws and defend the rights of the victims of such unlawful practices."
Zoo Printing has been barred from engaging in future discrimination against disabled employees or applicants and from retaliating against individuals who complain about discrimination.
The EEOC has often fought for nondiscrimination rights of HIV-infected employees. During fiscal 2014, EEOC resolved close to 200 charges of discrimination based on HIV status.