Class Action Status Granted In UPS Case

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A lawsuit filed against the United Parcel Service has been granted class actions status by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. The lawsuit claims that disabled employees were not assisted in getting back to work by UPS, as working conditions for disabled employees were not modified. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers should make reasonable modifications for employees with disabilities where required.

Only three plaintiffs were included in the original complaint against UPS, but now that it has been granted class action status around thirty thousand to fifty thousand UPS employees could be included. The lawsuit was filed in 2004, but there has been no reports on how much is being sought in damaged from the company.

One lawyer stated: “The bottom line is that UPS has a ‘no accommodation’ policy, that’s what we allege. Regardless of the outcome of this case, what a small business owner should take from it is you need to take requests very seriously and try to see what you can do to keep that worker in the fold. A written policy is no good if it’s not being implemented.”

A UPS spokesperson stated that the claims have no merit, and the ruling to grant class action by the court was a mistake. He stated: “We feel it’s totally without merit. We believed the court ruling was in error.”

 

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