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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2011
Laclede Cab Co. Ordered to Pay $85K for Workplace Discrimination
Potential Employee Denied Work Because of Disability
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Labor’s Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) announced today that Laclede Cab Company in St. Louis has been ordered to pay $85,000 in damages for not hiring a taxi driver because of his disability.
"A company violates the law when it assumes that a person with a disability cannot perform a job,” said Dr. Alisa Warren, Executive Director of the MCHR. “Such stereotypes deny people with disabilities the chance to earn a living and it also deprives employers of capable and dedicated employees.”
The Complainant applied for a job with the taxi company but was sent away after disclosing that he had previously had a stroke. Even though the Complainant had been driving taxi cabs for several years after his stroke, the employer told him that it did not think its insurance company would cover him.
“The Commission found the defendant’s actions to be illegal and therefore ordered the appropriate remedies,” continued Dr. Warren.
The case was heard by the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission and the decision and order was approved by a panel of three commissioners with the MCHR. Assistant Attorney General Vanessa Howard Ellis represented MCHR at the hearing. This case only went to hearing after MCHR attempted to reach a voluntary settlement with the company.
MCHR ordered the company to pay $50,000 in actual damages and $35,000 for violating the Complainant’s civil rights. MCHR also ordered the company to cease and desist from practicing this unlawful discrimination.
The MCHR is an independent commission housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. It is responsible for enforcing the Missouri Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), disability and age (in employment only), and familial status (in housing only).
The MCHR provides education and technical assistance to the employer community and to housing providers to promote voluntary compliance with the law. The MCHR provides outreach and education to employees, tenants, and customers to assist them in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the law. For more information about training opportunities, visit www.labor.mo.gov/SpeakersBureau or to learn more about workplace discrimination or harassment or to file a complaint, visit www.labor.mo.gov/mohumanrightsor call (573) 751-3325.
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