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Sears settles discrimination lawsuit for record $6.2M

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

Sears Holdings Corp has agreed to pay a record $6.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging the retailer with illegally fired disabled workers.

U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen in Chicago approved the settlement of the case on Tuesday. The settlement was the largest in a single lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act in the EEOC's history, the agency said.

The EEOC had accused the Sears Holdings Corp., which operates both Sears and Kmart stores, of maintaining an inflexible leave policy, and firing more than 100 employees who wanted to return to work rather than provide them with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities..

According to the EEOC, the three-year consent decree also requires Sears to amend its workers' compensation leave policy, provide reports about its practices, and improve training.

SEPT-29-09: Sears to pay record $6.2 mln to settle bias case [SEARS TO PAY RECORD $6.2M TO SETTLE BIAS CASE]

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Published on Sep-30-09


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