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Lawsuit Alleges Woman Was Fired Due to Prosthetic Leg

EEOC says Dorothy Shanks' dismissal is in direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act



    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012)

    Dorothy Shanks may have lost a portion of her leg, but she said she hasn't lost her ability to work.

    In a lawsuit filed this week against a staffing company, Staffmark Investment, and its client, Sony Electronics, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges the Chicago-area woman was fired simply because she has a prosthetic leg.

    Shanks, of Plano, said things went well her first day on the assembly line at the Romeoville facility in October 2010. But her second day brought a surprise.

    "The lady said, 'Dorothy Shanks, would you come with me?' and then she said, 'Bring all your belongings,' and then I said, 'What, I'm not going to be working over here?' and she said, 'No, just come with me," the 60-year-old recalled Wednesday.

    Shanks said the Staffmark employee told her she would be put in a position that allowed her to sit, but federal investigators say she was never put on another job, despite repeated calls asking for work.

    The EEOC says her dismissal is a direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    "The only thing I could think of that they would that they discriminate against me because I'm walking with a limp," she said.

    An attorney for Staffmark declined to comment on the lawsuit. A Sony Electronics executive says it lacks merit.

    In the meantime, Shanks has a new job and reports to work next Monday.

    "I lost my leg, true enough, but I didn't lose the willpower that I have to work," she said.