EEOC suing poultry company for disabled employee discrimination

Updated: Aug. 22, 2016 at 6:07 PM CDT
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing major poultry producer with north Alabama ties for discriminating against disabled employees.

The EEOC filed a 10-page class action lawsuit in federal court claiming Wayne Farms failed to accommodate workers who needed time off because of their disabilities.

The allegations involve two former workers who asked to be moved because of their medical conditions. One suffers from asthma and the other has carpal tunnel syndrome.

The lawsuit alleges that Wayne Farms' inflexible attendance policy violated workers' rights in a way that didn't allow for disability-related absences.

The EEOC says it tried to settle the allegations with the company before filing suit.

A Wayne Farms spokesman said they plan to actively dispute the lawsuit. He said they have not seen the lawsuit yet but they say it appears it was based on extensive investigations conducted five years ago.
Wayne Farms says it is completely confident that management met all legal and contract obligations to its employees.

The Wayne Farms facility in Decatur employs more than 900 workers. The company has operated a production line there since 1998.

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