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Thrift Store Forks Over $50K To Settle EEOC’s ADA Suit

Ignorance is still evident in some employer quarters regarding the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. How else to explain the alleged actions taken by an Alabama thrift store that, according to the EEOC, fired an employee with a degenerative joint disease on the ground that she was a “liability.”

America’s Thrift Stores of Alabama, Inc. has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle this alleged ADA violation, the commission announced yesterday.

The lawsuit argued that the company’s Alabaster, Ala. store discriminated against Jenny Grimes by not providing her with a reasonable accommodation after she informed it of her disability and her need for an accommodation.  According to the suit, Grimes had a good employment record.

However, she needed an accommodation so she could continue ot perform her job in spite of her lifting and reaching restrictions.

That’s where the store fell down on the job, EEOC asserted, since it not only wouldn’t consider an accommodation.  According to the EEOC, it also had a blanket policy of refusing to allow employees with non-work-related injuries to return to work with restrictions.

Sounds like the company needs to hire a lawyer versed in the ADA’s requirements. The EEOC website can help him or her out in that regard.