Federal Employment Commission Sues Construction Firm Over Firing

July 9, 2009

A St. Louis-area construction company has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for firing a worker with a history of health problems.

The agency alleges that A&A Contracting fired Rickie Wells because he had a history of liver and kidney problems as well as cancer. At the time of his termination, Wells was in good health and had been cleared to work by his doctor.

The EEOC says A&A Contracting became aware of Wells’ health history when he applied for the company’s health insurance coverage. Federal law bars discrimination against employees and applicants who are disabled or have a record of disability.

The lawsuit seeks back pay for Wells and damages.

A&A Contracting declined to comment on the suit.

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