Dillard's to settle EEOC suit for $2 million
Chicago -- A report on Tuesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission revealed that Dillard’s Inc. will pay $2 million to settle a class-action disability discrimination lawsuit.
The department store retailer will also have to “commit to extensive, company-wide injunctive relief,” according to the EEOC.
Dillard’s was accused of having a policy of forcing employees to disclose personal medical information to get approval for sick leave. The EEOC also held that Dillard’s also terminated employees for being out longer than the maximum amount of time they were allowed by the company, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The suit dates to 2008 and a federal district court had held the medical-disclosure policy to be discriminatory under the law.