The EEOC has announced that two German food companies with operations in Memphis, Tennessee have agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.
The EEOC claims that Probat, Inc. and Probat Burns, Inc., d/b/a Bauermeister, Inc., discriminated against an employee who suffered from bipolar disorder by firing him after Bauermeister learned about his disability.
According to the EEOC, the former employee suffered a manic episode in 2009 and took time off until his psychiatrists cleared him to return to work.
The company allegedly refused to let the employee return to work.
EEOC attorney Faye Williams said, “The EEOC takes seriously its charge to eliminate employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities and remains committed to enforcing the ADA.”