LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal
Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced
Nov. 10 that a McDonald’s restaurant owned and operated by Mathews Management
Co. and Peach Orchard Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas, will pay $103,000 after
allegations of disability discrimination.
According to EEOC, the
McDonald’s restaurant fired an employee just days after learning of the
employee’s HIV-positive status. EEOC also charged the company with having
illegal businesses practices. The McDonald’s location purportedly had a policy of requiring
all employees to report the use of prescription medication, and alleged conduct of
this nature violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"EEOC remains committed
to protecting employees from disability discrimination on the job," said
Faye A. Williams, regional attorney of the agency's Memphis District Office,
which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi.
"EEOC commends the companies for working with us to quickly resolve this
matter prior to trial."
Mathews Management Co.
owns and operates 34 McDonald’s restaurants. This includes all McDonald’s
locations in Northwest Arkansas, as well as McDonald’s restaurants in nearby areas in
Missouri and Oklahoma.