Safelite Group has denied allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act in the U.S. District Court, in the Northern District of California. The allegation was made by Christina Castillo, an individual with a disability, according to court documents, who was employed in an inventory control position by Safelite from April 2007 to December 2007.
“On July 14, 2009, defendants unlawfully terminated plaintiff Christina Castillo from her inventory control position,” her attorney says in the court document.
Court papers filed by Castillo say she had seizures at work during two different periods.
In May 2009, Castillo had further medical issues and her husband, Mauro Castillo, who also worked for Safelite, provided the company with medical records, according to court documents. She says Safelite informed her that her Family Medical Act leave would end July 13, 2009 and she was unable to return by that date. Safelite terminated her employment.
In addition to denying the allegations, Safelite’s attorneys say, “Defendants at all times exercised due care concerning the matters alleged in the complaint. … At all times relevant to this action, defendants took reasonable steps to prevent and correct workplace discrimination and hostility. Plaintiff was aware of the forgoing policies and procedures. Nevertheless, plaintiff unreasonably failed to take advantage of the foregoing policies to avoid harm otherwise. Had plaintiff utilized defendants’ procedures, some or all of the harm plaintiff allegedly suffered would have been prevented.”
The jury trial is scheduled to begin June 26, 2017 in San Francisco, Calif.
To read Castillo’s complaint, click here.
To read Safelite’s response, click here.