UPS Sued for Race and Disability Discrimination

UPS was sued in Federal court this week over allegations of racial discrimination against a White package carrier. The suit claims that despite multiple calls to the company’s ethics hotline, nothing constructive was done.

Timothy Beal began working for UPS in July of 2014. By 2016 he claims he made a complaint to the company that he was being discriminated against based on his race. According to the suit, he was fired in 2016 after several more complaints.

In 2016 he was rehired on the condition that he be able to leave work early once per week for a doctor’s appointment. After two weeks, he says UPS cancelled this accommodation. Shortly thereafter he again complained about racial discrimination, only to be told to “seek employment elsewhere,” according to the complaint filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Beal requested a medical leave of absence at the recommendation of his doctor. His immediate supervisor refused to help, and recommended he talk to UPS’s divisional head of health and safety. According to the complaint, he was given the run around by her.

Shortly thereafter he was fired for allegedly being violent in the workplace, which he denies. According to the complaint, Beal had a Black coworker that retained her employment despite multiple offenses of violence.

In addition to UPS’s refusal to accommodate his disability and take action agaisnt discrimination, Beal says his supervisors refused to train him, which he suspects was due to his race.

UPS payed a $2 million dollar settlement as recently as last summer for disability discrimination after a Federal law suit in Chicago.

According to the EEOC’s website, “The EEOC charged that UPS violated federal law failing to provide UPS employees with disabilities reasonable accommodations that would enable them to perform their job duties. The EEOC further alleged that UPS maintained an inflexible leave policy, whereby the company fired disabled employees automatically when they reached 12 months of leave, without engaging in the interactive process required by law.”

In addition to the $2 million, UPS agreed to update and improve accommodation policies, as well as conduct training for those who administer the company’s disability accommodation processes.

At that time UPS said in a statement that they, “ha[ve] a robust ADA accommodation in place, along with one of the more generous and flexible leave policies in corporate America.”

Beal’s lawsuit was filed by David Koller of Philadelphia on June 18th. It alleges six total counts of employment discrimination and retaliation.

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