FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Employee Files a Complaint against G4S Secure Solutions for Discrimination
African American terminated after G4S Secure Solutions failed to offer accommodation for an ongoing condition.
Pittsburgh, PA, June 21, 2017 – Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC “KM&A” has filed a complaint for discrimination against G4S Secure Solutions, for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Plaintiff is an African American male, who worked for G4S Secure Solutions as a Shift Supervisor. Plaintiff suffers from pseudofolliculitis barbae and ulcerative colitis. G4S Secure Solutions unlawfully terminated Plaintiff under the pretext of excessive tardiness to cover up race and disability discrimination.
G4S’s company policy requires a clean shaven face. However, due to Plaintiff’s condition, he could not follow this policy and provided medical documentation of his restriction. When Plaintiff’s supervisor quit, Plaintiff acquired his responsibilities and pay. But, unbeknownst to Plaintiff, he trained another person, who G4S placed as Plaintiff’s superior and returned Plaintiff to his original position and pay. When this new supervisor needed FMLA leave, the manager asked Plaintiff to return to the higher paid position as the interim supervisor. Plaintiff accepted but didn’t see a shift in his paycheck so he asked the manager. The manager angrily deflected the question by calling Plaintiff out for his unshaved face. Once again, Plaintiff provided the medical documentation.
When Plaintiff’s ulcerative colitis flared up, he called off work. His manager told him to return with a shaved face, but Plaintiff reiterated his medical release. Both manager and supervisor pressured Plaintiff to shave his face or deal with disciplinary action. Neither man bothered to support the legal accommodation for Plaintiff’s disability.
After a meeting with a HR representative about Plaintiff’s conditions, the supervisor assured Plaintiff that “if you are a few minutes late because of using the restroom [due to ulcerative colitis] that’s okay.” Plaintiff never suffered disciplinary action for tardiness due to his condition. However, a month and a half later when Plaintiff suffered a car accident and submitted his paperwork, he was terminated the following day for “excessive tardiness.” This sudden termination for tardiness, which had been permitted in the past, only masks an underlying race and disability discrimination problem.
Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-00661-NBF
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