USA: Repair company S&B Industry to pay $110,000 to settle disability discrimination lawsuit

Author: EEOC (USA), Published on: 28 February 2017

"S&B Industry to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit", 23 Feb 2017

A Fort Worth cellphone repair facility has agreed...to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...The EEOC charged... that S&B Industry violated federal law by denying employment to two hearing-impaired applicants because of their disability.  The...suit also alleged that S&B Industry violated the law by denying the two applicants a reasonable accommodation during the application process...Katelynn Baker and Tia Rice applied for jobs with S&B Industry...During a group interview, the two women used American Sign Language to communicate with one another, and the company became aware that they were hearing-impaired...Baker and Rice requested that the supervisor provide written information about the positions for which they were applying.  The supervisor...refused to continue writing information...Baker and Rice were then told that S&B Industry would not hire them...S&B Industry will pay $110,000 in total monetary relief.  The company also agreed to...provide training for employees...to include instruction on the reasonable accommodation process...Managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals will attend a training by the Deaf Action Center...

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