Carlsbad-based Triton Management Services agreed to pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Wednesday.
According to the lawsuit, an employee requiring medical attention and a leave of absence for a disability was denied leave and was instead fired. The EEOC said Triton failed to provide the employee a reasonable accommodation for her disability.
Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which makes it unlawful for an employer to fire or otherwise discriminate against an employee due to a disability.
The EEOC filed suit in federal court in San Diego after first attempting to reach a voluntary, pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
In addition to monetary relief, the three-year consent decree includes injunctive relief intended to prevent further workplace discrimination.
Triton will review and revise its written policies to achieve compliance with the ADA, provide regular training to all employees regarding the ADA, maintain a log detailing accommodation requests and complaints and conduct regular audits, and oversee record-keeping and reporting requirements through a designated equal opportunity officer. The EEOC will monitor compliance with the terms of the agreement.
“We are encouraged that Triton is taking steps to put in place policies and practices that will protect and enhance the working conditions for all of their employees,” said Christopher Green, director of the EEOC’s San Diego Local Office.