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
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.