Our October summary of EEOC verdicts and settlements is after the break.
CA – Pace Solano will pay $130,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. The suit alleged that the disability services provider refused to hire an applicant because of her medical condition – partial hand paralysis. An employment offer was withdrawn after the applicant’s condition was made known during her pre-employment physical exam, even though she was cleared for work after successfully completing the tasks.
IN – Dollar General Stores will pay $47,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. The store demoted an employee because of his dyslexia, in violation of the ADA. The employee asked for a computer-based training test to be read to him, so that he could complete the training and then take a written test. The store denied the request, failing to accommodate the employee and then demoted him to a position with less pay and fewer hours.
VA – Southwest Virginia Community Health System will pay $30,000 to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit. The suit alleged that a clinic receptionist was sexually harassed by a male patient. The receptionist complained to her supervisor but no action was taken to stop the abuse. Because the employer was made aware of non-employee acts, it was held liable for not taking preventive actions.
MD – Toys“R”Us, Inc. will pay $35,000 to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit. A deaf applicant was called in for a group interview, but when the applicant’s mother requested that the store provide an interpreter, the company told the applicant she would have to provide her own. The applicant’s mother interpreted at the interview, but the store refused to accommodate or hire the applicant even though she was qualified to perform the position.