DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 23 against L-3 Communications, a defense contractor with facilities in Texas, for allegations of disability discrimination.

 

According to EEOC allegations, the company failed to allow a senior manufacturing engineer to come back to work after depression-related leave and later forced him to resign. The engineer worked at L-3 Communications beginning in 2008. In 2014 he suffered two major depressive episodes at work and went on medical leave. The engineer received treatment and attempted to come back to work after receiving a full release from his physician.

The EEOC said L-3 Communications asked him to receive a fitness-for-duty exam, and he then went before a psychologist who cleared him for work with reasonable accommodations. The company purportedly failed to provide these accommodations, giving him instead an ultimatum to resign or be fired.

 

"Despite being cleared by both his treating physician and the psychologist who administered the fitness-for-duty exam, L-3 refused to let the charging party return to work and forced him to resign," said EEOC senior trial attorney Meaghan L. Shepard. "This constitutes disability discrimination in violation of federal law."

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