Homestead Gardens Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit against a Davidson, Maryland, garden center.  The Homestead Gardens will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit for firing a worker because he has hemophilia.  In its suit, the EEOC charged that Homestead Gardens, the largest enclosed garden center in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C, metropolitan areas, engaged in disability discrimination when it fired Richard Starkey. Starkey had been employed as a stocker when his mother disclosed through a casual conversation with Homestead Gardens that her son had hemophilia. He was told not to return to work because of Homestead’s perception of his disability. Full article.

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.  The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered, but common examples of disabilities include confinement to a wheelchair, reliance on assistive devices such as canes and walkers, blindness, deafness, a learning disability, and certain kinds of mental illness. The ADA states that a business entity shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. This applies to job application procedures, hiring, advancement and discharge of employees, workers’ compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.  For more information:  ADA Website

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