EEOC: Value Village settles discrimination suit in Forest Park

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Value Village has settled a disability discrimination suit after an employee at the Forest Park location filed a complaint. 

FOREST PARK—The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the company that owns Value Village has settled a disability discrimination suit the EEOC brought on behalf of a Forest Park employee.

According to an EEOC press release, the company was charged with violating the federal Americans With Disabilities Act by denying the employee's requests for disability accommodations and forcing her to quit the Forest Park location at 4749 Jonesboro Rd.

"According to the EEOC's suit, the management of the Value Village store in Forest Park, Ga., knew of the employee's medical conditions but failed to approve her repeated requests for use of a portable oxygen tank and to be transferred to a less strenuous position to prevent aggravating her conditions," the release said. "In June 2017, the employee, who was employed as a stocker, decided to resign from her position after being hospitalized, citing that Value Village's denial of her accommodation requests had compromised her health."

When attempts to settle the case through conciliation failed, the EEOC filed suit in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Under a consent decree, Value Village is required to:

  • pay the employee $45,000 in lost wages and compensatory damages;
  • give all its retail employees at all stores "a revised formal, written anti-discrimination policy";
  • provide annual disability discrimination training to all managers, supervisors and employees;
  • post a notice to employees about the lawsuit;
  • report periodically to the EEOC about disability discrimination complaints.

Antonette Sewell, regional attorney for the EEOC's Atlanta District Office, said "We are pleased at the cooperation shown by Value Village in resolving this matter and taking affirmative steps to prevent a similar situation from arising in the future."

Darrell Graham, district director of the Atlanta office, added, "Employees with disabilities are contributing members of the workforce and should never be denied the protections bestowed upon them by our federal laws."

A Value Village spokesperson declined to state whether the manager or managers in question still work for the company  and said it would refer the News to its legal counsel. The call had not been returned as of press time.

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