Court orders factory to compensate and readmit worker with leprosy after discriminatory dismissal in Bahia | Bahia

Court orders factory to compensate and readmit worker with leprosy after discriminatory dismissal in Bahia | Bahia
Court orders factory to compensate and readmit worker with leprosy after discriminatory dismissal in Bahia | Bahia
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1 of 1 Decision determines that Vulcabras/Azaleia pay R$20,000 in compensation to the former employee. — Photo: Google Street View
Decision determines that Vulcabras/Azaleia pay R$20,000 in compensation to the former employee. — Photo: Google Street View

A court decision orders a shoe factory to pay compensation of R$20,000 and readmit a worker living with leprosy. The judge’s understanding was that the former employee, who worked as a shoe operator, was the target of “discriminatory dismissal” due to her health condition. The case took place in Itapetinga, in the southwest of the state.

According to the Labor Court, the woman claimed that the dismissal was a discriminatory act because of leprosy, a disease that affects the nerves and skin. During the process, she also stated that she was unemployed and that exclusion from the job market prevented her from even maintaining treatment.

The company Vulcabras/Azaleia, in turn, denied that there was discrimination in the employee’s dismissal. The factory told the court that it was unaware of the employee’s health condition, and that several employees were fired at the time.

The judge responsible for the decision, Antônio Souza Lemos Júnior, said it was an unjustified and discriminatory dismissal. The judge understood that the factory was aware of the disease, as the employee had previously presented medical certificates indicating the disease. For the judge, even given the difficulties faced by the company during the Covid-19 pandemic, the fact that the employee with leprosy was dismissed is significant.

“The unjustified dismissal occurred after several retirements from social security, even though the complainant was aware of the severity and stigmatizing nature of the illness suffered”, he highlighted.

The decision can be appealed, according to the Regional Labor Court.

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