Find Mediators Near You:

Trucking Company Will Pay $22,500 and Make Policy Changes to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Pollack Peacebuilding by Jeremy Pollack

Transport America was fined $22,500 and they will need to make changes to their policy on service animals. The EEOC states that the trucking company made an employee pay a fee in order to have their service animal accompany them in their truck. This happened despite the fact that the service dog was a reasonable way to accommodate the driver’s anxiety.

Employers, Be Aware…

The EEOC released a statement urging employers to be aware of two things. First, companies must allow employees with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals. Second, they can’t make something more difficult for an employee with a disability who needs an accommodation than it is for an employee who doesn’t need that accommodation.

What does that mean, exactly? 

Say one employee doesn’t have a disability so they don’t need a service dog. According to Transport America’s old policy, this also means they don’t have to pay a fee to have that service animal. 

Another employee does have a disability and needs a service dog. This means they have to pay the company’s fee, using money from their own pocket in order to be able to function at a similar level to the employee who doesn’t have a disability and doesn’t need a service animal. 

Policies like the one that was in place at Transport America can even violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if certain conditions are met. This, in turn, could lead to a costly lawsuit. 

Willing to Cooperate?

Transport America cooperated with the EEOC in reaching an agreement. Conflict is more common than you might think, so it is refreshing to hear when companies are willing to work to resolve it. Transport America must have people on their team who value the importance of peacebuilding and have good conflict resolution skills.

                        author

Emma Hartman

Emma Hartman has a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and a background in content coordination, copyediting, and copywriting. Her skills in content development and management together with strong administrative coordination lead Pollack Peacebuilding’s critical initiative of developing and distributing important news, events, advice, and research in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. MORE >

Featured Members

ad
View all

Read these next

Category

Separating The People From The Problem At The ABA DRS Conference

The law school professor asked for a show of hands. "How many lawyers are in the room?" There was something about the way he shook his head, just slightly, from...

By Victoria Pynchon
Category

The Limelight Hypothesis, Part 2

Being an essay of opinions and observations on sundry issues related to the practice of negotiation; politics and electioneering; dickering over debt in the nation’s capital; Otto von Bismarck’s admonition...

By David Matz, Doug Thompson, Peter Adler
Category

New Protocol For Resolving Devolution Conflicts Slips In Under Radar

First published by The Scotsman, 8 April 2010 During April, a month in which the news was dominated by disputes involving British Airways, the railways and the Edinburgh tram works,...

By John Sturrock
×