A Detroit casino operator has consented to pay $140,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by federal officials.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that its lawsuit charged Greektown Casino LLC with unlawfully failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with stress-anxiety disorder, leading to his discharge.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the employee, a pit manager, requested an additional four weeks of extended leave to return to work following a stress-anxiety-related collapse on the job. Greektown denied the request and subsequently fired the employee after his leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) was exhausted.
The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit (Case No. 2:16-cv-13540) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
As part of the consent decree settling the suit, Greektown will pay $140,000 to the employee, and will all train supervisory and human resources employees on the requirements of the ADA.
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