HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Almost three years and 330 pounds later, a Houston man who weighed almost 700 pounds at the time he was fired from his job has won a $55,000 disability claim.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission awarded $55,000 and six months of outplacement services to Ronald Kratz III, a former materials handler for a military vehicle manufacturing company. The Houston Chronicle reports that BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle Systems resolved the disability discrimination claim that had been lingering since Kratz’s termination in October 2009.
Weighing as much as 680 pounds during his time at the plant, Kratz remained qualified to perform the tasks of his job, according to the lawsuit. The company told the Chronicle that BAE denies any sort of wrongdoing with terminating Kratz, who now weighs at a more manageable 350 pounds.
“BAE Systems is pleased to have reached an amicable resolution to the lawsuit with Mr. Kratz,” BAE Spokeswoman Stephanie Serkhoshian said in a statement, according to the Chronicle.
According to the lawsuit, BAE officials never discussed with Kratz if he needed any accommodations to perform the everyday tasks of his job. Kratz’s lawyer told the Chronicle that Kratz has been unable to find a job in almost three years.