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Fast food franchisee to pay $100,000 to settle EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit

A California fast food franchisee that operates over 20 restaurants has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle an EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit.

According to the EEOC, Alia Corporation discriminated against Derrick Morgan, a former floor supervisor with an intellectual disability, by demoting him to a janitorial position.

Morgan had been promoted to a supervisor position by previous management in 2008, and when Alia took control of the restaurant, it allegedly demoted him, reduced his salary, and cut his hours because of his disability.

Alia’s actions forced Morgan to resign from the fast food restaurant in June 2009.

EEOC attorney Anna Park said, “Employers cannot allow biases and stereotypes to factor into employment decisions.”

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Fast food franchisee to pay $100,000 to settle EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit
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