Family Dollar Stores of Michigan LLC will pay $25,000 and provide other relief to settle a federal disability-discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC’s lawsuit alleges that Family Dollar violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing to employ a job applicant who suffers from left-sided paralysis and wears a brace on his left arm.
After being interviewed at the company’s Detroit location, the applicant was offered the position but was told that he could not start work until a few weeks later. Despite his requests for a start date, he was never placed on the schedule and never performed any services for the company.
During this same time, the company continued to hire other non-disabled individuals to work as customer service representatives at the same store.
Such alleged conduct violates the ADA. After first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, the EEOC sued Family Dollar in the Eastern District Court of Michigan (EEOC v. Family Dollar, Case No. 4:18-cv-13030).
In addition to the monetary relief, the 2 ½-year consent decree settling the suit provides for injunctive relief, training on the ADA, and reporting.
Family Dollar of Michigan LLC, a retailer with discount stores throughout Michigan, is a subsidiary of Family Dollar Stores Inc., which is a national retailer with headquarters in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. It operates approximately 7,000 stores throughout the United States.
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