Houston company to pay $145,000 EEOC settlement after alleged disability discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 31, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced July 21 that Chemtrusion Inc., a manufacturing services company in Houston, will pay $145,000 after allegations of disability discrimination.

According to the EEOC, Chemtrusion refused to hire or provide reasonable accommodations to a class of job applicants at its Jeffersonville, Indiana, facility because of medical information secured prior to employment. 

This practice has been under way since 2012, the EEOC says. The company allegedly failed to conduct any individualized assessment of whether those employees could perform essential job functions. Purported conduct of this nature violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"All the corrective measures required by the consent decree will ensure that Chemtrusion will comply with federal disability discrimination law in filling vacancies in the future," said Kenneth L. Bird, regional attorney for EEOC's Indianapolis District. "It will also provide a strong reminder to other employers that applicants are entitled to an individualized assessment of whether they can do a job, with or without reasonable accommodation, before a company may rescind a job offer after a medical examination."

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