VOL. 127 | NO. 62 | Thursday, March 29, 2012
EEOC Accuses AutoZone of Disability Discrimination
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A federal agency is accusing auto-parts retailer AutoZone Inc. of illegally firing an employee because of her disability.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against AutoZone this week.
The EEOC says the company fired a manager in its Cudahy (CUH'-duh-hay) store in 2009. The agency says the woman had just received a doctor's clearance to return to work with a lifting restriction, following an injury to her shoulder two years earlier.
The EEOC says AutoZone failed to provide reasonable accommodation to her injury and fired her.
A phone listing for AutoZone hung up without taking a message. An email sent to the company was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages.
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