We wanted to share with you the importance of speaking out against Discrimination through advocacy, speaking up to the appropriate authorities, and letting your voice be heard.
With that said, Soul Fighter Foundation came across a case on 2/7/13 from the EEOC (EEOC v. Florida Commercial Security Services, Corp., Case No.1:13-cv-20465-WMH) regarding Employment Discrimination that took place in Miami Florida (the link is attached).
A Florida Security Firm, Florida Construction Security Services (FCSS), fired their employee due to his disability. The employee has a missing arm, which the Firm was fully aware of upon hiring the employee AND the employee did not need his prosthetic arm in order to carry out his job. The employee was terminated, because the President of the Community Association called the Security Firm FCSS indicating that it "was a joke for sending them a one-arm security officer." Due to that phone call, FCSS removed the employee from that position. The employee filed a complaint with the EEOC. Due to that complaint, FCSS refused to place him in another position.
FCSS clearly violated the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) (42 u.s.c. § 12203(a), by retaliating against the employee, because he filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC against FCSS prior to his termination.
This type of Discriminatory Situation is common, yet unfortunate and unacceptable. Having a disability does not mean you are incapable of working. The EEOC was set up to protect employees from ALL forms of discrimination. The work they do is extremely important to keeping the workplace safe from inequality, discrimination, and/or harm for all individuals, such as the employee mentioned above. Employers must be held accountable for their discriminatory actions.
No matter what you hear or see, SPEAK UP! It is important to be an advocate for yourself and others, such as the employee in this case. He spoke up and took action, which brought forth a reaction from the EEOC in filing a lawsuit against FCSS for their discriminatory practices. By speaking up for yourself; you are speaking up for others.
It only takes the Action of One to create a Reaction of Others!
Here are more IMPORTANT links from the EEOC about Retaliation and EEOC Compliance Manual of Section 8.