Disabled employees sue employer, alleging they were required to partake in tests of physical strength

By Carrie Bradon | Dec 11, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA—Two men are suing their employer alleging that they were discriminated against because of their disabilities.

Robert Botteon and Richard Bidwell filed a complaint on Nov. 24 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Cascades Tissue Group, claiming that they were retaliated against because of physical disabilities.

Butteon and Bidwell, both employee of the defendant, experienced humiliation and retaliation in the workplace on separate occasions. During his time of employment, Butteon was allegedly confronted by his supervisor who required a medical checkup of the plaintiff and would not allow Butteon to return to work until he had completed these demands. Bidwell experienced similar discrimination after requiring that he undergo a lifting test which would assess his weightlifting abilities. Because of the plaintiffs' refusal to fulfill the demands of Cascades, the men have been denied return to work. They are suing the defendant, claiming violation of the ADA.

The plaintiffs seek compensation of an unspecified amount for all damages suffered and fees incurred. They are represented by Aaron B. Gorodetzer of Sbarbaro Law Office, LLC. in West Chester.

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 3:15-cv-02246

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