(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.
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
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."