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HECO settles in disability discrimination lawsuit

August 23, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Associated Press - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Hawaiian Electric Company will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by an employee who is blind in one eye.

The commission filed a complaint on behalf of Patrick Obado claiming he was denied a position as a meter reader because of his disability.

The EEOC argued that he was fully capable of performing the job because he has perfect vision in the other eye.

The agency announced the settlement on Tuesday, Aug. 14, which also requires the electric company to designate an Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator to handle disability-related employee inquires and to hire an outside monitor to provide training on federal disability law.

The company says it agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation and is not admitting liability.

Maui County Federal Credit Union named one of Hawai'i's Top 250 companies

Maui County Federal Credit Union of Wailuku has been honored with a recognition by Hawai'i Business in its selection of "Hawai'i's Top 250 Companies."

A spokesperson from Maui County Federal Credit Union commented on the recognition: "This is quite an honor for us. The fact that Hawai'i Business included Maui County Federal Credit Union in its selection of Hawai'i's Top 250 Companies signals that our constant efforts towards business excellence are paying off. We are proud to be included in this recognition."

Chartered in 1937, Maui County FCU is a full-service financial institution, serving Maui's government employees and over 160 businesses on Maui and their immediate family members.

Following the publication of Maui County Federal Credit Union's selection for Hawai'i Business's Hawai'i's Top 250 Companies list, American Registry seconded the honor and added Maui County Federal Credit Union to the "Registry of Business Excellence."

For more information on Maui County Federal Credit Union, call (808) 244-7968 or visit



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