Today's economic climate has been difficult not only for employers but also for workers. Losing a job in this economy can be a big problem for employees across the country, including Ohio workers. However, termination at a company may not always be about the financial matters of the business; sometimes people may be subject to wrongful termination.
In Ohio, a 24-year-old man filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread for wrongful termination. The plaintiff alleged he was fired for having the disease lupus. The complaint was filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Apparently, the man was employed at Panera Bread LLC for five years. He stated that he suffered from systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses, all of which are considered disabilities under Ohio employment law and the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, as stated in the lawsuit.
Back in October 2012, the worker informed his employer that he was required to take a long-term leave for his disabilities. However, two weeks later, Panera's facility manager terminated the worker because of his performance and failure to comply with the company's regulations. The worker asserted that he was treated in a different way compared with another worker with the same disease.
Additionally, the lawsuit against Panera Bread asks for damages that amount to $25,000 as well as unstipulated punitive damages.
Termination of an employee is often governed by a company's rules and regulations. Still, the employer must consider the situation to be able to know if the employee's discharge is protected by the discretion of employment laws. Employment laws consist of federal anti-discrimination laws that protect workers from being terminated due to race, color, age or disability. If a company is found guilty of employment violations, there may be consequences.
Workers who are wrongfully terminated may be compensated. The damages may include promotion, back pay, compensatory damages and attorney's fees. These damages may vary depending on the situation.
Source: Vindy.com, "Howland man sues Panera," Jan. 10, 2013