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Posted On: November 10, 2009

Arbonne International Settles ADA Lawsuit For $30,000

Arbonne Internaltional which operates as a skin care products company is paying $30,000 to settle an American's with Disabilities Act ("ADA") lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Lisa Wilson by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). According to the lawsuit Wilson who is deaf was not hired by the company because of her disability. Especially today with unemployment at over 10% many companies believe they can discriminate against a prospective employee and get away with it.

In cases like this many people are unsure of their rights and are afraid to come forward and complain. Additionally, many times there is not clear evidence and the complaining person must rely on the investigative techniques of a good attorney. Getting a good attorney involved in the case early is the best way to protect your rights. In addition to the monetary settlement, Arbonne International must comply with prohibitions against further discrimination, train employees on discriminatory conduct and post and distribute a policy of non-discrimination.

EEOC Regional Attorney Laurie Young noted, “The ADA was passed to protect applicants like Lisa Wilson who are willing and able to work but are discriminated against by employers who may have false perceptions about disabilities.”

In addition to the federal protections in place, in Illinois discrimination is prohibited in public accommodations and government services based on Article 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of disability. Attorney Peter LaSorsa has filed many cases filed under the Illinois Human Rights Act in both Chicago and Springfield.

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