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Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc. Pays $93,000 to Settle EEOC Harassment and Retaliation Suit

A previous employee at Herbruck Poultry Ranch was victorious in a disability lawsuit against her former employer. The Michigan egg production facility was forced to pay a $93,000 fine after the EEOC ruled that Herbruck had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A Herbruck supervisor had allegedly followed the employee to the bathroom in retaliation. The employee had been previously subjected to humiliation and harassment related to their disability condition. Herbruck was also ordered by the court to revise their policies and provide related training.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Americans With Disabilities Act mandates that employers provide a work environment where disabled workers do not face harassment.
  • The EEOC first tried to reach a settlement, but eventually they filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids.
  • In addition to a monetary settlement, Herbruck will have to revise some of their policies and employees will undergo training about ADA requirements.

“According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a disabled employee experienced frequent mocking by her supervisor and coworkers about her disability-related symptoms.”

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