Home Depot Ignored Job Coach When Firing Worker, EEOC
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 26, 2003
ATLANTA, GEORGIA--Home Depot illegally fired a worker with a developmental disability because it failed to involve her job coach in its disciplinary action, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed in a discrimination suit filed Thursday.
The federal agency accused the retailer of violating the ADA by not including Carolyn Pisani's job coach -- seen as a reasonable accommodation -- before firing her for allegedly not showing up to work at its South Setauket, New York store.
"When an employee needs a job coach to operate on a level playing field, the employer must work with that person," said EEOC's Katherine Bissell.
Home Depot said the suit is "completely without merit".
"Given our company's zero-tolerance policy regarding discrimination, we are extremely disappointed that the EEOC has chosen this path," the company told Bloomberg News.
The agency filed the suit after failing to reach a settlement with the retailer. Among other things, the suit seeks back wages, damages, and rehiring Pisani.