Minnesota Firm Settles Disability Discrimination Claim for $50K

April 8, 2015

A Minneapolis-based distributor will pay $50,000 to settle a claim that it fired a man after he had a heart attack.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement with Baldwin Supply Co.

The lawsuit alleged that Baldwin Supply violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to allow Timothy E. Collins to return to work after his heart attack.

Collins worked at the company’s Hibbing location from April to July of 2011, installing conveyor belts. After his heart attack, Collins was released by his doctor to return to work with no restrictions. But the lawsuit alleged the company did not allow Collins to return to work except for two days.

A telephone message left for a Baldwin Supply official for comment was not immediately returned.

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