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EEOC accuses Mobile Destination Inc. of disability discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | May 13, 2016

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced a lawsuit against Mobile Destination Inc., a mobile phone retailer and operator of 30 Verizon Wireless stores in Texas, alleging the company unlawfully revoked a worker’s job offer due to a disability.

The EEOC charges Morgan Davis was turned away from a position at a store in Porter, Texas, due to her disability. Davis interviewed with the company in October 2013 and was offered the job but after completing a pre-employment background check and drug test, Davis was allegedly asked to start the week after Thanksgiving 2013. 

However, EEOC alleges the corporate office then refused to hire Davis due to her wheelchair.

"As in this case, when a worker has a disability [and] is qualified to perform a job, an employer's unfounded fears and biases are not valid excuses to deny equal employment opportunities," said EEOC Houston District director Rayford O. Irvin.

The EEOC seeks a permanent injunction that will bar the company from engaging in potential disability discrimination in the future. The commission also seeks back pay for Davis and compensatory and punitive damages.

"This lawsuit will send a message to employers that EEOC will vigorously enforce federal law by prosecuting companies which deny equal opportunity to qualified workers with disabilities,” said EEOC Houston regional attorney Jim Sacher.

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