ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last week that McDonald’s
Corporation and McDonald’s Restaurants of Missouri will
pay $56,500 after allegations of refusing to interview a deaf job applicant at
its restaurant in Belton because of his deafness.
"Federal law clearly requires employers to provide
reasonable accommodations to deaf and hearing-impaired employees and applicants," EEOC St. Louis District director James R. Neely Jr. said.
The deaf applicant applied for a position online in June
2012 with past experience at a McDonald’s in another state.
According to EEOC, the restaurant manager conducting interviews learned the applicant could not speak or hear and therefore canceled the interview.
The young man’s
sister allegedly volunteered to act as interpreter, but McDonald’s
still denied the interview. Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with
"Unemployment rates for disabled workers far exceed
those of the general population, and employers create a huge barrier to
employment when they fail to provide necessary reasonable accommodations to
applicants with disabilities,” EEOC regional attorney
Andrea G. Baran said.
“Such behavior is shortsighted in
addition to being unlawful."