RockTenn CP, LLC manufactures paperboard and paper-based packaging in North America. It offers corrugated containers that are used to transport various products, including home appliances, electric motors, small machinery, grocery products, produce, books, and furniture; and manufactures retail ready, point of purchase displays, and a line of specialty products, including pizza boxes and corrugated clamshells for the food industry, as well as Cordeck recyclable pallets and custom die-cut boxes to display packaged merchandise. The company also produces a line of containerboard, which is used primarily in the production of corrugated packaging; market pulp, kraft paper, solid bleached liner, a...
Six City Place Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Founded in 1926
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Charges Lawsuit Filed Against RockTenn CP
Jun 28 13
RockTenn CP discriminated against an employee with a disability at Smurfit-Stone's Latta, S.C., facility and then unlawfully fired him, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on June 27, 2013. RockTenn CP, LLC acquired Smurfit-Stone in May 2011. According to the EEOC's complaint, Darren Fraley was hired by Smurfit-Stone as a third shift production supervisor on August 25, 2008. In February 2009, Fraley was hospitalized with a severe back condition. On February 17, 2009, Fraley informed Smurfit-Stone's senior human resources clerk that he had been hospitalized, was under a doctor's care and would require back surgery. Because of his short tenure at the company, Fraley was not eligible for disability leave. However, Fraley was erroneously placed on short term disability, effective February 2009. From February 2009 through July 2009, Fraley kept the HR clerk informed about his prognosis, condition, and return-to-work status. The EEOC further alleged that on July 29, 2009, the HR clerk contacted Fraley and informed him that he had been mistakenly placed on short term disability for which he was ineligible and that he was being terminated effective August 1, 2009. Fraley objected to the termination and told the HR clerk that he was scheduled to be released to return to work the following week. On August 3, 2009, Fraley's doctor released him to return to work without restrictions, effective August 4, 2009. Smurfit-Stone refused to allow Fraley leave as a reasonable accommodation for his disability for the period from around July 29, 2009 until he was released to return to work around Aug. 4, 2009. Rather, the company discharged Fraley because he could not return to work because of his disability. The alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects employees and applicants from discrimination based on their disabilities. The EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Florence Division (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission versus RockTenn CP, LLC f/k/a Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement. The EEOC seeks back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief.