INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Civil Rights Commission issued a finding of probable cause against Arcelor-Mittal USA Burns Harbor for violations of the Indiana Civil Rights law and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
In the ruling issued Tuesday morning, the ICRC said the state's investigation found Arcelor-Mittal USA asked Adecco, the company's contracted staffing agency, to replace an African-American employee because of a hospital stay due to post-traumatic stress disorder.
A spokesperson from ArcelorMittal USA issued the following response to the findings on Tuesday.
"ArcelorMittal is an equal opportunity employer and takes discrimination allegations seriously," the statement read. "ArcelorMittal is aware of this situation and is carefully reviewing the matter to determine next steps."
A finding of probable cause means the state concluded the preliminary investigation and determined there is sufficient evidence to support reasonable suspicion the Indiana Civil Rights Law has been violated, according to the ICRC.
The probably cause finding is not an indication of guilt.
Both parties have 20 days to respond and may come to a mediation settlement, a hearing before an administrative law judge or a judge in circuit or superior court, according to the ICRC.