Kroger Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

     The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently settled a lawsuit against Kroger, the national grocery store chain, wherein the EEOC had claimed that Kroger discriminated against an employee because of his disability.  The EEOC’s lawsuit alleged that Kroger offered a job as a courtesy clerk to an employee in 2016.  However, during this employee’s job orientation, he requested an accommodation to complete the computer-based segment of the orientation, because he had a vision impairment.  Instead of granting the employee this accommodation, Kroger immediately fired him.  Such alleged conduct is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of a disability.  See EEOC v. Kroger Co., No. 1:18-cv-03095-WMR-AJB (N.D. Ga.).

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