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McDonald’s pays $90,000 to settle shocking disability discrimination lawsuit

The owner of a Philadelphia McDonald’s restaurant, Alstrun LLP, has agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC claimed that Timothy Artis, a lobby worker at the McDonald’s restaurant, was repeatedly harassed by his coworkers and managers because of his intellectual disability. 

The complaint stated that Artis was subjected to workplace bullying and “was constantly called such names as ‘dumb,’ ‘retarded,’ ‘stupid,’ and repeatedly told that he was ‘too slow.’  He was physically shoved and grabbed as well as threatened with a box cutter.”

Artis was often forced “to perform duties outside of his job description such as removing a raccoon from a trash can and picking up a dirty needle with his bare hands.”

Artis’s mother, Michelle Taylor-Carter, complained repeatedly to the restaurant managers about the harassment, but the restaurant failed to take action to stop it. Artis was contructively discharged because of the unchecked verbal and physical abuse that he suffered, according to EEOC.

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