Electric Company in Hawaii Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

In Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) is going to settle a Disability Discrimination Suit which was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company was accused on denying employment to an applicant who has an eye condition that sought to work for the company as a meter reader. The company will now pay $50,000 and other relief to settle the lawsuit. In addition to the monetary relief, the company signed a 3 year consent decree ordering HECO to designate an ADA coordinator to handle all disability-related claims brought by employees. Full article

The ADA is a law that prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee because of a disability. It also requires the employer to provide reasonable accommodations in order for the employee to continue to work. This law also protects employees it because employers are prevented from retaliation against an employee for exercising their rights against disability discrimination. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 under the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to diminish a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society based on physical or mental disabilities. However, many people with physical or mental disabilities have been precluded participating in all aspects of society because of discrimination. As such, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  See

Leeds Brown Law, PC handles many cases in the area of discrimination matters. Our firm has had considerable success in handling matters such as these throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.