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Wis. company responds to health program suit

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin company is responding to a federal lawsuit accusing it of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by punishing an employee who didn’t complete requirements for its wellness program.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit against Flambeau Inc., a Baraboo-based plastics manufacturer, on Tuesday in Madison. According to the lawsuit, the company stopped paying its usual share of a worker’s health insurance premiums after he failed to complete biometric testing and a health risk assessment.

The company’s attorney, Dana Roberts, said in a statement Thursday that the company did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act as the EEOC claims. Roberts said the company adopted the wellness program to improve employees’ health and provides a clinic where participating workers can get care at little or no cost.

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