Safelite Settles Disability/Age Discrimination
Suit with Former Driver
September 26, 2011
Safelite has settled a suit with a former Florida driver through
mediation. The suit,
filed by Jose Rabeiro, had alleged that the company had discriminated
against him both based on an alleged disability related to kidney
failure and his age.
While the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, one
thing that's clear from court documents is an agreement was not
simple. The settlement agreement was reached through mediation on
August 22, and signed by both parties. But on September 5just
two weeks laterRabeiro filed a notice that he intended "to
continue the instant litigation rather than consummate the understanding
reached during the August 22, 2011, mediation."
But, on September 22, a joint verified stipulation of dismissal
with prejudice was filed by both parties, noting a "dismissal
with prejudice of the [action] as a result of settlement of this
matter." A notarized copy of the dismissal was signed by Rabeiro.
Rabeiro, who was 52 at the time of the filing, had alleged that
he was released from Safelite in May 2009, after nine years with
the company. He claimed that his release was related to the fact
that during the last three to four years of his employment, he was
diagnosed with kidney failure and was required to attend dialysis
treatments three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
He also had alleged that he was told by his supervisors that "he
was too old and too infirm to continue being responsible for the
route to which he was assigned," and that his original route
was re-assigned to a younger employee.
Safelite spokesperson Melina Metzger declined to comment on the
Neither Rabeiro, nor Jeffrey Goodz, whose firm, Remer & Georges-Pierre
PLLC, represented Rabeiro, could be reached for comment at press
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