A disability can make daily activities, let alone finding a job, difficult if not impossible. How well do you know your employment rights? After violating those of a job applicant in South Dakota, this company is paying $45,000 to settle.
M.G. Oil, a South Dakota Company affiliated with Happy Jack’s Casino, will pay $45,000 to settle a disability discrimination case filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The company was charged in 2016 of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by withdrawing an employment offer to an applicant at the casino, after a drug test revealed the applicant had lawfully taken prescribed medication for her disability. An attempt to bring the third-party testing company, from which M.G. Oil gathered its information, into the lawsuit, was dismissed by the District Court.
The EEOC maintained that M.G. Oil had not only violated the ADA, but also held an illegal policy requiring employees to report prescription medications. M.G. Oil agreed to settle by paying the rejected applicant $45,000 as well as adopting new policies to prevent further issues, and has modified its current policy by only requiring employees to report medications if there is “reasonable suspicion” that those medications will affect their performance. As a result of this investigation by the EEOC, thousands of employees at M.G. Oil will benefit from policy reform.
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