Club Demonstration Services, Inc. agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
A woman with a bladder condition worked for the defendant as a sales advisor at the Costco Warehouse in Juneau, Alaska.
According to the allegations contained in the lawsuit, in June 2017, her manager told her she could not use the bathroom during her six-and-a-half-hour shift except when she was on her two scheduled breaks.
The employee's bladder condition required her to use the bathroom more frequently, and she submitted a physician's note to the employer, requesting more frequent bathroom breaks. However, the employer allegedly denied the employee's repeated requests and failed to provide her with additional bathroom breaks.
In addition to paying $50,000 in monetary relief, the consent decree settling the suit requires Club Demonstration Services to "implement policies to ensure compliance with laws prohibiting disability discrimination and requiring reasonable accommodation, provide anti-discrimination training with an emphasis on disability and reasonable accommodation, and report to the EEOC all complaints of disability discrimination it receives from its employees in Alaska for the next two years." "Club Demonstration Services to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit" www.eeoc.gov (Oct. 07, 2021).