Vote due in case of shipyard discrimination allegations

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Human Rights Commission is set to vote on complaints by Bath Iron Works employees who say they have been discriminated against based on their ages and disabilities.

The vote is scheduled for Monday. Commission Executive Director Amy Sneirson says most of the complaints are related to a practice negotiated by the union and the shipyard called "Return to Work/Stay at Work."

The company says the practice is intended to keep injured and limited duty workers on the job when they are unable to do parts of their work.

Complaints allege the practice has a greater impact on older workers and those with disabilities.

The commission’s vote follows an investigation that found no indication of discrimination in 15 of the 18 cases.

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