AG Enters Consent Decree With Company Accused Of Discriminating Against Employee Who Used A Cane

Published: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 8:28pm

The Arizona Attorney General’s office entered a civil rights consent decree with a local business after an employee filed a complaint alleging discrimination.

In 2018, Ed Litzinger, an employee of Big Tex Trailers filed a civil rights complaint against the company. Litzinger was recovering from a recent hip surgery and required a cane to walk. He alleged Big Tex Trailers refused to make reasonable accommodations before firing him due to his temporary disability.

The Civil Rights Division at the Arizona Attorney General's Office investigated and filed a lawsuit against Big Tex Trailers, alleging the company violated state laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and prevent employers from terminating employees on the basis of disability.

“Everyone has a right to work in a place free from unlawful discrimination,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “The Arizona Civil Rights Act ensures that people with disabilities have the same opportunity and right of economic self-sufficiency as all Arizonans. The terms of this consent decree serve to remind all employers of their responsibility to uphold the law.”

Big Tex Trailers entered a consent decree with the Attorney General's office, where it agreed to pay Litzinger $45,000 in damages, as well adhere to stringent oversight terms set by the Civil Rights Division.

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