Sears Pays $6.2 Million To Settle Americans With Disabilities Act Lawsuit
Sears, Roebuck & Co. agreed to settle their Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA") lawsuit for $6.2 million. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC') filed the lawsuit on hehalf of individual workers and in the end found 235 workers eligible to share in the settlement amount. According to the lawsuit Sears maintained an inflexible workers’ compensation leave exhaustion policy and fired employees instead of providing them with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. This is all a violation of the ADA.
This is a good example of what can happen to a company when they engage in discrimination. Had Sears made reasonable accomodations to workers the EEOC would not have gotten involved. Once the EEOC got involved and did some basic discovery, it releaved Sears had discriminated against many people. The average award to employees who are covered by this settlement is about $26,000. This was the largest ADA settlement in Illinois history.
“It is a satisfying day indeed when victims finally receive compensation for the wrongful discrimination they have endured,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru. “