Dease v. Morton Electric, Inc.
A federal jury in Orlando awarded Daniel Dease verdicts totaling $358,004 for disability discrimination he faced from a Seminole County employer. On January 3, 2019, Mr. Dease woke up with numbness in one of his legs, which made it difficult for him to walk. Mr. Dease then took time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), after which his employer, Morton Electric, Inc., required him to return to “full work with no restrictions.” When Mr. Dease attempted to return to work with a doctor’s note that recommended minimal restrictions, like a 15-pound lifting limit and no repetitive bending, Morton refused to make reasonable accommodations for Mr. Dease’s disability and instead terminated him. Mr. Dease was awarded $114,004 for lost wages, $124,000 for emotional pain and anguish, and an additional $120,000 in punitive damages for Morton’s discrimination against Mr. Dease and failure to accommodate him under the Florida Civil Rights Act.
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