The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a deaf worker who was allegedly discriminated against during her employment at a reseller of Oshkosh merchandise, the Associated Press reports.
According to the lawsuit, Wisconsin-based Miles Kimball Company introduced new software programs to employees in 2007. However, when the plaintiff asked to undergo the necessary training in sign language, her request was denied and she was fired within the following year after 13 years of service.
In response, the worker contacted the EEOC regarding the alleged discrimination and sought legal action. The plaintiff now seeks lost wages and damages from the company.
Representatives from Miles Kimball, which has more than 1,300 employees, have yet to comment on the legal situation.
The case highlights the importance of companies avoiding discriminatory actions at all costs, though. Failure to do so may result in similar lawsuits regarding a business' professional liability. These legal battles can also be damaging for a company's reputation.