$2.6 Million Settlement Reminds Retailers to Consider ADA Accommodations When Possible

A Texas-based company recently agreed to a $2.6 million settlement with the EEOC on a failure-to-accommodate claim. The company employed food demonstrators and supplied those employees to its customers’ stores. Company rules dictated food demonstrators were only allowed to sit for 10 minutes every two hours, and the company made no exceptions for medical conditions that required more time to sit. The EEOC determined the actual duties of the position did not support its strict requirements. While retailers often have difficulty accommodating physical limitations, they should ensure their policies relate to the essential functions of the job. Read more about the case and take-aways for your company.