Houston-based Brock Services LLC, part of the Brock Group, will pay $35,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, federal officials say.
In its lawsuit, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged Brock Services forced an employee to take three eye examinations after learning he had a vision impairment related to glaucoma in one eye. Despite his glaucoma, the eight-year employee could perform the essential functions of his position. After the third exam, Brock Services fired the employee.
Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s disability. The EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division (Civil Action No. 1:19 cv 00212) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its voluntary conciliation process.
On its website the Brock Group describes itself as providing specialty craft and maintenance services to key industries across North America. Brock Services provides scaffolding, insulation, coatings/linings, fireproofing, abatement, facilities maintenance and operations support.
The 15-month consent decree prohibits Brock Services from engaging in similar discriminatory conduct in the future. The company has also agreed to conduct disability discrimination training programs for managerial employees.
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