EEOC Files Suit Against Alabama Thrift Store for Disability Discrimination

In September, the EEOC filed suit against America’s Thrift Stores of Alabama claiming they violated federal law by refusing to provide an employee with a reasonable accommodation and subsequently firing her because of her disability.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the company’s Alabaster, Alabama, store discriminated when it failed to provide an employee with a reasonable accommodation after she informed them of her disability and her need for an accommodation.  The lawsuit alleges that when the employee requested the use of a computer as an accommodation to perform some of her job duties, Alabama Thrift Stores denied her request.  When the employee later presented the employer with documentation of her disability, the company fired her, calling her a “liability.”

The alleged conduct violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC’s suit seeks monetary damages, including back pay, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief.

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