Circuit City Accused Of Creating Hostile Environment For
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 3, 2004
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA--The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Circuit City Stores Inc. claiming it discriminated against an employee in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The case was filed on behalf of Olumjimi "Jimi" Moses, who has sickle cell anemia and avascular necrosis which make it painful for him to walk.
Moses worked as a part-time sales associate in a Durham Circuit City from 1997 to 2001. In a discrimination complaint he filed with the EEOC, Moses said that his supervisor began harassing him in July 2000, including calling him "hoppy" and "hop-a-long".
The EEOC's regional office in Charlotte determined that the unnamed supervisor's comments were "severe enough to create a hostile work environment for Mr. Moses".
The federal agency is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for Moses. It also wants Circuit City to develop programs to provide equal employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.
According to an EEOC statement, the suit was filed after the agency exhausted its efforts to reach a voluntary settlement with Circuit City.