EEOC Sues RV Company

By Staff Writer September 30, 2022

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Keystone RV, headquartered in Goshen, Ind., for allegedly failing to accommodate and then firing an employee with a disability at its Wakarusa, Ind., factory.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Keystone refused to give less than a week of unpaid leave to accommodate an employee with a disability who needed surgery. Keystone rigidly adhered to its attendance policy, which required employees with seven unexcused attendance occurrences to be fired. Keystone refused to excuse the employee’s absences for medical appointments leading up to his surgery and then counted the day of his surgery as a seventh unexcused absence, resulting in his termination.

Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits employment dis­crimination based on disability. The EEOC asserts that the company’s actions were intentional and demon­strated a reckless indifference to the applicant’s federally protected rights.

The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through the agency’s conciliation process. The agency is seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and other relief from Keystone, including a permanent injunction to prevent the company from engaging in future disability discrimination and refusal to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities.

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