RENO, Nev. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that three integrated Nevada-based car
dealerships will pay $50,000 for alleged disability discrimination.
The three dealerships are Liberty Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
LLC in Winnemucca, Internet Auto Rent and Sales Inc. in Reno; and Internet Auto
Rent and Sales of Las Vegas Inc.
“The ADA was enacted 25 years ago to ensure that capable and
qualified people like Ms. Rynearson are not denied the opportunity to
contribute their talents to the workforce,” EEOC San Francisco District
Director William Tamayo said. “We filed this lawsuit to defend the rights of
workers with disabilities to a level playing field when it comes to
According to EEOC, Shara Rynearson was fired because of her
multiple sclerosis. She provided hospital notes that tentatively diagnosed
multiple sclerosis and excused her from work after she suffered from changes in
vision and numbness in half of her face. The defendants allegedly fired her
instead of allowing her to take medical leave for the diagnosis and treatment
of her disability.
"Managers must understand their responsibilities to
provide medical leave as a reasonable accommodation when required under the
ADA,” EEOC San Francisco Trial Attorney Siri Thanasombat said. “We are glad to
see these dealerships will be taking steps to ensure their staff is