Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) reports that Adecco USA Inc. will pay almost $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination claim. Staffing firms should review their practices for handling applicants with disabilities to ensure that they are not discriminated against. SIA writes:
Adecco USA Inc. will pay $49,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Friday.
An applicant with learning and other mental disabilities was refused placement at a food packaging and distribution center after an official told him he was “too slow” for the job, according to the EEOC. The comment allegedly came after the applicant had difficulty reading and comprehending a pre-employment test.
While others were placed in the food packaging and distribution positions, the applicant was subsequently offered a job cleaning cars, according to the EEOC.
“Adecco conducted a thorough investigation into this candidate’s experience as soon as we became aware of his allegations and could not corroborate his claims,” Adecco said in a statement provided to Staffing Industry Analysts. “Due to the cost and uncertainty of litigation, Adecco decided to resolve the lawsuit and specifically disputed any violation of the law. We take these allegations very seriously, as diversity, equality and inclusivity are ingrained in our core values, and we strive to make employment opportunities accessible to everyone.”
In addition to the $49,500 settlement, Adecco must also take other steps including posting a notice about the settlement and furnish reports to the EEOC semi-annually concerning allegations of disability discrimination regarding the Corry location, according to the EEOC. Other measures include included modifications to its existing policy prohibiting disability discrimination and ADA training for certain personnel.