Monday, October 5, 2009

Sears case largest disability related employment discrimination settlement says EEOC

Last week Sears settled a case alleging that it fired employees with disabilities rather than providing reasonable accommodations. It is "the largest settlement for a disability-related case" for EEOC, according to this article. The settlement was for $6.2 million.

“The facts of this case showed that, nearly 20 years after the enactment of the ADA, the rights of individuals with disabilities are still in jeopardy,” said Stuart J. Ishimaru, the commission’s acting chairman. “At the same time, this record settlement sends the strongest possible message that the EEOC will use its enforcement authority boldly to protect those rights and advance equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

More than 100 firings were involved and alleged to be based on discrimination.

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