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Hotel Employee Claims Retaliation After Filing EEOC Complaint

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Mark Reed claims that he worked as a maintenance employee with La Quinta Inns & Suites Inc. for 11 years, but the man is now suing his employer claiming that he was subjected to a hostile work environment and retaliation because of his disability.

The Southeast Record reports that Mark Reed is disabled and suffers from a deformity of his left arm and left hand. The employee claimed that he was called derogatory names such as "short-handed" while working with La Quinta and felt humiliated because of his disability. After filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the man claimed that he was retaliated against by having his workload increased and having his overtime opportunities reduced.

In this case, the plaintiff is claiming violations of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) through discrimination and is seeking damages for economic losses and costs, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs, interest, attorney's fees and punitive damages.

FindLaw states that ADA, which was enacted in 1990, makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. The law is enforced by EEOC and applies to all employers, including State and local government employers, that have more than 15 employees. ADA also protects employees that have a history of a disability even if the disability no longer exists. Anybody who is subjected to disability discrimination in the workplace should contact the EEOC or a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a lawsuit against the employer.

Related Resources:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act - Overview (FindLaw)
  • Look for a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Disability Discrimination Facts (FindLaw)

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