Gannett Company paid $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was first filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") under the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA"). In cases like this the EEOC will always try to get both sides to agree to settle the case before filing the case in federal court. According to published accounts Gannett hired Robin Parker-Garcia as an application support analyst. After Parker-Garcia returned from a medical leave of absence because of her bipolar condition, the Gannett companies unlawfully discharged her.
You can't take a negative job action against an employee because of a disability. To make matters worse, during her employment, Parker-Garcia exceeded expectations and was up for a promotion before she went on the medical leave. Another words here is a great employee and the company throws her out the door. Not only did they loose a great employee but they had to pay some money and get negative publicity.
"The ADA and its recent amendments have made clear that many mental disabilities are protected by federal law." said EEOC Attorney Mary Jo O'Neill