Employer To Pay $125,000 For Alleged Disability Discrimination Against Intellectually Disabled Worker

  03 February 2017

The owners of a Farmington, Utah Papa John's Pizza will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to EEOC's lawsuit, Papa John's allegedly discriminated against Scott Bonn, who has an intellectual disability, specifically Down syndrome. The EEOC alleged that Papa John's employed Bonn successfully at its Farmington location for more than five months and allowed an independently employed and insured job coach to assist him. EEOC further charged that after an operating partner visited the Farmington location and observed Bonn working with the assistance of his job coach, the operating partner ordered Papa John's local management to fire Bonn. In appropriate circumstances, the use of a job coach may be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Read more here.