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September 22, 2004

Bloomington Business Saddled With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

From: WHOI, IL - Sep 22, 2004

Josh Brogadir

A Twin Cities business is facing a lawsuit for allegedly discriminating against a former employee.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Council is suing Wildwood Industries, a Bloomington manufacturer that makes vacuum cleaner bags and floor cleaning products.

The EEOC claims Wildwood Industries fired a hearing impaired employee in 2003 because he was deaf, violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

They allege the deaf employee asked for an interpreter at meetings and for help with some job assignments, but that was not provided.

According to the suit, the company says they fired the employee because of his own carelessness.

Wildwood Industries declined to comment about the lawsuit.

The hearing impaired employee worked at Wildwood Industries as an order filler from April, 2002, to February, 2003.

The EEOC will figure out how much it will seek in damages during litigation.

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