Disability harassment costs Glenview company $70,000

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The Glenview-based Family Video chain has agreed to settle a disability discrimination suit filed by a former employee of a store in New York who suffers from depression and social anxiety disorder. He claims store management harassed him because of his condition and then fired him when he complained.

The man complained to the EEOC, alleging disability harassment and retaliation in violation of the ADA.

Attempts to resolve the dispute through the EEOC’s conciliation process failed, and the commission filed suit in federal court. The video rental chain elected to settle the matter rather than go to trial.

Under the three-year consent decree, Family Video will pay the man $70,000 and hire an equal employment opportunity coordinator to implement anti-discrimination policies and procedures, provide training and monitor and investigate discrimination complaints.

Note: While most employers are familiar with sexual and racial har­assment, disability harassment can sometimes slip under the radar. Train managers to be sensitive to potential disability harassment, especially when the disability is a mental illness.

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