FedEx Disability Discrimination Case ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

FedEx Disability Discrimination Case

In a disability discrimination case against Federal Express Corp. (FedEx), the U.S. Supreme Court has turned away Federal Express’ petition without comment. This leaves a jury award of $100,000 in punitive damages and $8,000 in compensatory damages for the company’s failure to reasonably accommodate a profoundly deaf employee who worked as a package handler at the company’s Baltimore Ramp. The court held that the jury was entitled to find that FedEx acted with reckless indifference to the employee’s federal protected rights, thereby satisfying the punitive damages. In fiscal year 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 17,734 charge filings alleging disability discrimination, up by 14 percent from the prior year to the highest level in a decade.

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