(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced Jan. 9 that Diallo’s of Houston, a nightclub and party venue in the
Houston area, will pay $139,366 after allegations of disability discrimination.
to EEOC, Diallo’s violated federal law by mandating that employee Felicia M.
Parks provide federal documentation to prove she was not HIV-positive. The
company purportedly fired Parks because she refused to provide that paperwork.
Alleged conduct of this nature violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
a violation of federal law to make a disability-related inquiry unrelated to
the employee's job requirements or to any legitimate business necessity," said
EEOC's regional attorney in Houston, Rudy Sustaita. "EEOC will keep
fighting such invasive and unfair probing by employers."
monetary settlement, $89,366 will go toward back pay and pecuniary losses for
Parks, plus compensatory damage worth $50,000.
may no longer rely on outdated and meritless assumptions about HIV to
discriminate against employees,” said the attorney in charge of the case, EEOC
Senior Trial Attorney Connie Wilhite Gatlin. “A demand for disability-related
information without any legitimate reason is simply illegal."