Ohio Pizza Hut to Pay $13K in Damages for Discrimination Lawsuit

February 28, 2024

DT Pizza, a restaurant in Zanesville, Ohio doing business as Pizza Hut, will pay $13,083 in damages and $1,916 in back pay to resolve disability discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

The EEOC’s lawsuit says Pizza Hut discriminated against an employee by subjecting her to unwelcome and derogatory comments by a member of management based on her disability. She forced to quit because of the harassment. Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Following a reasonable cause finding during the investigation, the parties engaged in pre-litigation conciliation, resulting in a settlement that includes monetary damages and back pay. As part of the settlement, Pizza Hut also agreed to hire an outside expert to conduct training on disability discrim­ination, harassment and retaliation under the ADA for all of its employees in Ohio, as well as for all of its general managers, district managers, directors of operations, vice presidents of operations and human resources employees nationwide.

The company will also redistribute its EEO policy, its anti-harassment policy, and its complaint resolution form. Further, the company will report any internal complaints of disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation in its Ohio locations.

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