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Food Service Company to Pay to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

A food service company located in Illinois will pay the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) $35,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit stated that American Blue Ribbons Holding, LLC dba Legendary Baking, denied light duty work to an employee with CSP myelopathy, a condition affecting her spinal cord. The company then fired her and refused to rehire her because of her disability. Those actions violate federal laws, leading to the lawsuit.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Act was instated in 1990 as a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits the disabled in one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

As the ADA pertains to employment, employers with 15 or more employees are required to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. It prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment, and restricts the employer from asking questions about the applicant’s disability before a job offer is made.

Settling the Disability Discrimination Suit

Legendary Baking settled in the lawsuit and will pay their employee $35,000. The EEOC is satisfied with the outcome and believes that the employer now understands that disability discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and unlawful.