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Penn National pays out $75,000 for disability bias

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

HWCC-Tunica Inc., a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, is settling a lawsuit that alleged disability discrimination against a dealer at its Hollywood Casino Tunica in Mississippi.

Penn National, based in Wyomissing, operates casinos, horse racetracks and hotels in 11 states and Canada.

The dealer had been injured in a car accident and temporarily needed to sit while she worked. According to the EEOC, the employer refused to accommodate her and fired her. Apparently, the casino failed to explore any reasonable accommodations that would allow the dealer to continue working while she recovered from her injuries.

Under the settlement, the casino will pay $75,000 in damages to the dealer, train its supervisors about employer responsibilities under the ADA and must report any future disability discrimination charges directly to the EEOC.

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