New Braunfels-based mobility aids retailer The Scooter Store has settled a disability discrimination suit with the former manager of a store in New York. The manager claimed the store fired him after he requested a leave of absence to care for his psoriatic arthritis.
The manager filed a complaint with the EEOC alleging the store violated the ADA. When the chain failed to resolve the dispute through the commission’s conciliation process, the EEOC filed suit on the man’s behalf.
The Scooter Store agreed to pay him $99,000 as part of a five-year consent decree during which it will train its managers how to avoid discrimination. Most EEOC consent decrees only last two to three years.
Note: The Scooter Store, which serves disabled customers, would have had a hard time prevailing in court—and the bad publicity certainly would have hurt its business.