Kintetsu International Express sued for disability harassment, retaliation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kintetsu International Express (USA), Inc., has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for violating federal law when it subjected an employee to disability-related harassment and discrimination, and retaliated against employees who protested the harassment.

The EEOC says a Kintetsu supervisor allegedly belittled a tour coordinator who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis during her employment from 2005 to 2006.

The supervisor allegedly harassed the tour coordinator, who had trouble walking, with offensive remarks. The supervisor also allegedly gave the tour coordinator a less favorable work performance evaluation than prior ones received.

The tour coordinator and a co-worker protested the harassment and discrimination by complaining to the company's vice president, however, the company took no action.

The EEOC claims both individuals were further harassed and forced to quit in retaliation for complaining of the misconduct.

The alleged conduct violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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