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Jury awards one-armed security guard $35,922 in EEOC discrimination case


A federal jury in Miami has awarded a one-armed security guard $35,922 in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination case over his removal from his post after a customer complained about his disability.

Opa Locka, Florida-based Florida Commercial Security Services removed Alberto Tarud-Saieh, who had lost his right arm in a car accident, from his $8-an-hour security guard position after the president of the community association where he was stationed complained, “This company is a joke. You sent me a one-armed security guard,” the EEOC said Thursday in a statement.

In response to the complaint, the firm removed Mr. Tarud-Saieh from his post and did not reassign him to another, effectively terminating him, the EEOC said.

The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court in Miami charging the company with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act after it failed to reach a prelitigation settlement, the agency said.

In addition to the jury’s financial award, the EEOC said it will seek an injunction prohibiting discrimination by the firm as well as other relief, including training and the implementation of antidiscrimination employment policies to be determined by the court.

“It is unfortunate that disability discrimination in the workplace persists,” EEOC general counsel David Lopez said in the statement. “As we have shown, the EEOC will take those cases to trial, if necessary, to vindicate the rights of the victims.”

The company’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

, said that Oregon’s study doesn’t address California workers comp reforms passed in 2012 that are still being implemented and “need time to work.” She also contends that Oregon’s ranking doesn’t accurately portray the amount of benefits paid to injured workers, which can affect premiums.

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