“Un” American Apparel To Pay $60K For Firing Worker On Leave For Cancer Treatment.
Los Angeles-based American Apparel, Inc. has been ordered to pay $60,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit today involving the firing of a Latino garment worker.
Filed by the EEOC on September 29, 2010, the lawsuit alleged that American Apparel violated the ADA when it fired garment worker Jose De Los Santos who was on approved medical leave for cancer treatment. The company therefore failed to accommodate De Los Santos based on his disability.
Per the terms of the settlement, the company will pay De Los Santos $40,000. American Apparel will also spend $20,000 to sponsor two seminars on the rights of workers and responsibilities of employers under the ADA.
Additionally, the company, as part of the three-year consent decree settling the suit, “has adopted a comprehensive ADA policy; agreed to provide training to its managers and supervisors regarding the ADA; will inform employees about their rights under the ADA and how to seek accommodations under it; and will designate an ADA coordinator who will oversee implementation of the decree and the company’s ADA policy going forward,” according to a release.
American Apparel employs about 5,000 Angelenos at its L.A. production facility and retail stores and approximately 10,000 people globally. Source: LAist.com.