A Dollar General employee who suffers from dyslexia asked for help reading during a mandatory test that followed computer-based training. His request was denied. He was told he could not have any assistance, and that if he did not complete the training and take the test he would be demoted. When he refused to do so without accommodation, he was demoted to a lesser-paid position with reduced hours.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Munice, Ind., retailer on the employee’s behalf and won a $47,500 settlement: $40 was for back pay; $47,460 was compensatory.
Remember: Disability discrimination in employment violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides that employers provide reasonable accommodations where necessary to individuals with disabilities, including to applicants.
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