EEOC files lawsuit against C.R. England

| 9/29/2006

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against C.R. England claiming the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the District of Utah Central Division on Sept. 25.

The suit stems from claims that C.R. England employees allegedly revealed medical information on a former employee, William Watson, who was a driver and driver trainer for the company.

The suit alleges that not only did C.R. England employees disclose Watson’s personal medical information concerning a disability to driver trainees, but they also required that he disclose the information as well. Court documents did not reveal the nature of Watson’s disability.

The EEOC also claimed in the lawsuit that C.R. England employees also limited, segregated and/or classified Watson on the basis of his disability.

“The effect of the practice … has been to deprive Walter Watson of equal employment opportunities and otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee because of his disability,” the suit claims.

The lawsuit seeks both past compensation and future losses as a result of emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life and humiliation – in amounts to be determined at trial.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor