Hospitality Industry Legal Risks: Texas Restaurant Settles “Disability Discrimination” Lawsuit For $41,500 And Agrees To Train Managers On Use Of “Hearing-Impaired Communication Systems”

“…the EEOC alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by denying job applicant Michael Harrison employment at its Wendy’s franchise in Killeen, Texas, after learning of his hearing impairment…In addition to paying $41,500 to Mr. Harrison, Wendy’s agreed to provide all managers and supervisory employees training on the ADA and specific training on the use of hearing-impaired communication systems…”

A franchisee of The Wendy’s Co. fast-food restaurant chain has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, paying $41,500 to resolve the case and implement employee training.

After successfully interviewing with the Wendy’s shift manager for a cooker position, Mr. Harrison was interviewed by the general manager through a telephonic system for the hearing-impaired. During the course of the interview, the EEOC alleged that the general manager told Mr. Harrison that “there is really no place for someone we cannot communicate with,” the EEOC said in the statement.

After failing to reach a prelitigation settlement, the EEOC filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Waco.

For more:  http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20121011/NEWS07/121019971?tags=|70|75|305|303

Leave a comment

Filed under Insurance, Labor Issues, Liability, Management And Ownership, Risk Management

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s