EEOC Sues Mississippi-based Tractor Supply Company for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Tractor Supply

The nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer, Mississippi-based Tractor Supply Company, has violated federal law and the civil rights of a female employee with a disability.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) press release, the company publicized her confidential medical information to employees and customers, disciplined her without an explanation, created a hostile working environment, and ultimately terminated her.

The lawsuit states that the female employee was born with an HIV infection, protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The company learned about her condition when she refused to work on a particular shift as she had a pre-scheduled medical appointment. Continuous questioning resulted in revealing her confidential medical information.

The company did not take action when the employee complained that she had been harassed due to her condition. Moreover, the company disclosed her confidential information to the store where she was employed, which caused the harassment. Furthermore, the company disciplined her without explanation and ultimately terminated her.

The company’s conduct is in violation of the ADA, which forbids disclosing confidential medical information, discrimination, and retaliation due to a disability, and constructing a hostile working environment for employees.

The lawsuit states that the EEOC seeks monetary damages for the victim, including punitive and compensatory damages, back pay, and injunctive relief against the Tractor Supply Company to prevent such unlawful demeanor in the future.

The regional attorney for EEOC Birmingham district stated that the EEOC would hold any company accountable for unlawful conduct which violates federal law.

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