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Clearwater woman claims Honeywell unfairly fired her over depression

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A 15-year employee at a Clearwater manufacturing plant claims she was fired due to depression.

Honeywell International is being accused of violating the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (FCRA) which serves to protect individuals within Florida from discrimination because of their race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap or marital status and protect their interest and personal dignity.

Ivonne Gonzalez began working for Honeywell in August 2000. She was terminated in November 2015.

Gonzalez suffers from a disability that qualifies as a handicap under the FCRA. The company was aware of Gonzalez’s depression. However, her disability did not stop her from performing the job for the 15 years she was with the company.

On Nov. 3, 2015, Honeywell place Gonzalez on a mandatory leave of absence. To be reinstated, she would have to complete an employee assistance program, EAP. After completing the EAP she was cleared to return to work by her doctor. Nevertheless, the company refused to reinstate her.

Gonzalez claims to have been discriminated against based on her depression.

She requests compensation for lost wages and benefits, reinstatement to the position or front pay, compensation for emotional distress, and attorney’s fees and costs. In the suit filed Nov. 7, 2016, Honeywell is being sued on two counts of FCRA violations and one count of FCRA retaliation.

Honeywell operates in over 70 countries and has over 129,000 employees. It has offices and a manufacturing plant in Clearwater on US Highway 19 N. In 2015, the company had $38.6 billion in revenue.


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