Ex-Coca-Cola worker awarded $120K

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former worker who says he was fired from a Massachusetts Coca-Cola bottling plant because he is blind in one eye has been awarded more than $120,000 in a workplace discrimination case.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination awarded Marc Kogut $75,000 for emotional distress and $45,636 for lost wages.

Kogut says he began working as a temporary employee in a machine operator job at the Northampton plant in 2007 and was offered a full-time position soon after. Records show he told the doctor during a physical exam he was permanently blind in his left eye and Coca-Cola fired him from his temporary position and rescinded the full-time offer.

The company may appeal the decision and says it’s committed to an inclusive workplace free of discrimination. 

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