PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — The owners of a Farmington, Utah, Papa John's will pay $125,000 to settle allegations of disability discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said.
to EEOC, Papa John’s discriminated against
Scott Bonn, an employee with Down syndrome. The company purportedly hired Bonn, who worked for Papa John's successfully for five months, and allowed him to work with an
independently employed and insured job coach, EEOC claimed. When an operating partner visited the Farmington
location and observed the situation, the partner allegedly ordered
Papa John's local management to fire Bonn.
must understand that they cannot refuse to provide an accommodation to
individuals with intellectual disabilities,"
Mary Jo O'Neill, EEOC regional attorney, said. "Scott Bonn is an incredible person and he loves working.
He loved his job at Papa John's. Working gives all of us meaning and purpose in
our lives. Employers should embrace workers like Scott who work with such joy.
I want employers to know that their obligation to provide a reasonable
accommodation includes allowing a job coach at the workplace, if needed, absent
According to the
settlement agreement, Papa John’s must review its equal employment opportunity
policies and better train management on equal employment opportunity laws.
and hiring programs are a fantastic way for employers to build strong
relationships with communities and provide meaningful employment to persons
with disabilities,” Elizabeth Cadle, district director of EEOC's Phoenix
District Office, said.