DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the Kroger Co. of Michigan
will pay $33,000 and provide other relief to settle allegations of violating
federal disability laws.
An employee at Kroger’s store in Howell, Michigan, was hired
as a stock person and then developed a back issue. The company allowed the
employee to work as a cashier as a reasonable accommodation but then fired her
after discovering the impairment was permanent, EEOC alleged.
This purported action violates the Americans with Disabilities
"Federal law expressly prohibits employers from
refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation to employees with
disabilities," EEOC Trial Attorney Nedra Campbell said. "An employer
must always seriously consider whether it can make an accommodation before
downgrading or firing employees."
In addition monetary relief given to the employee, Kroger
must also provide ADA training to its managers and employees.
The Kroger Co. of Michigan operates large grocery stores
throughout the state.