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Fired disabled worker receives $40K from American Apparel

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

Los Angeles clothing manufacturer and retailer American Apparel has agreed to settle an ADA lawsuit filed by a former employee who was fired while out on medical leave.

The company will pay the undisclosed worker $40,000 and donate $20,000 to a Los Angeles-area nonprofit dedicated to informing em­­ployees and supervisors about workplace disability rights.

After the employee sued, American Apparel worked closely with the EEOC to resolve the issue. The company agreed to a three-year plan that requires training supervisors and managers about the ADA and educating employees about their rights under the law. The company will also hire an ADA coordinator to implement the agreement.

Note: The ADA requires employers and disabled workers on leave to en­­gage in interactive discussions to identify possible reasonable accommodations that would enable the employees to return to work.

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