Federal Contractor to Pay $100,000 to Settle Disability and Age Bias Suit; Training Required

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Federal contractor Camber Corporation has agreed to pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability and age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

The EEOC charged that Camber Corporation violated federal law when it denied an employee a trans­fer based on his son's medical condition and then fired him, replacing him with someone more than 20 years younger.

According to the EEOC, employee Ashok Pai's son sustained catastrophic injuries in a car accident as a child and, as a result, has been disabled for more than 25 years. Pai sought a transfer to work nearer to where his son lived and requested leave to assist with his care. Further, imme­diately after man­age­ment learned that Pai was exploring the transfer to care for his disabled son, Camber classified him as "re­signed," began processing termination paperwork and ultimately fired him for pretextual reasons, the EEOC said. Camber then replaced Pai, who was then in his mid-60s, with a much younger worker.

Such alleged behavior violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrim­ination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC filed its suit (EEOC v. Camber Corporation, Case No. 1:17-cv-01084-AJT-JFA) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

On July 2, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Anthony J. Trenga entered a consent decree resolving the case. In addition to a $100,000 award for lost wages, the two-year decree includes injunctive relief to prevent disability and age discrimination from occurring at the company in the future. The decree requires continued annual training on the protections of the ADA and ADEA, including the ADA provision barring employers from discriminating against workers because of their association with disabled persons. The company must also post anti-discrimination notices at its Huntsville, Ala., and Fairfax, Va., locations.
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