AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Austin’s FEC LLC and Austin
Entertainment Center LP, doing business as Austin’s Park N Pizza in
Pflugerfille, will pay $20,000 and improve workplace practices after
allegations of disability discrimination.
EEOC alleges a 26-year-old former employee with a
disability, caused by childhood brain injuries, worked part-time on weekends
for four years at Austin’s Park N Pizza. He allegedly performed custodial work,
cleared tables and assisted with miniature golf successfully, but was fired
after new management came in, EEOC charged. The new management installed an electronic
system for clocking in and out, and the employee could not handle it. Instead
of finding a reasonable accommodation, the company purportedly fired him. Alleged
conduct of this nature violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
"People with intellectual disabilities can be very
productive employees with minimal assistance or direction,” said EEOC San Antonio
Field Office senior trial attorney David Rivela. "Employers can
benefit from such productivity by treating workers with disabilities fairly and
decently, and ensuring that reasonable accommodation requests are properly
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