National retail chain Dillard’s has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a class action EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit.
The EEOC claimed that Dillard’s violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by terminating a class of its employees across the country for taking sick leave beyond the maximum amount of time allowed.
Dillard’s also allegedly required its employees to disclose confidential and personal medical information in order to be approved for sick leave, which the EEOC claims was a violation of the ADA prohibition of employers inquiring about their employees’ disabilities and medical conditions that are unrelated to the employees’ job duties.
EEOC General Counsel P. David Lopez said, “I am pleased that we were able to resolve this systemic lawsuit on behalf of workers with disabilities. The EEOC always stands ready to use our enforcement to advance equal employment opportunities and we have been very successful in ensuring that people with disabilities are protected from workplace discrimination in cases such as EEOC v. Interstate Distributor Company, EEOC v. United Airlines and EEOC v. Verizon Communications.”