The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a disability discrimination lawsuit on September 14 against the Merced-based property management company that owns the Oakhurst McDonald’s for unlawfully demoting a supervisor because of his cerebral palsy and forcing him to quit, the Sierra Star reported on September 22, 2011. According to the EEOC, 29-year-old Derrick Morgan had worked under a prior owner of the Oakhurst McDonald’s without problems since 2006 and received a promotion from crew member to floor supervisor in 2008. Two months after Alia Corporation took over the Oakhurst restaurant in January 2009 though, the Star reported “new management demoted Morgan to a janitorial position, cut his hours nearly in half and reduced his hourly wages on the basis of his actual and/or perceived disability.”
According to the Star, the EEOC’s suit argues that Alia Corporation engaged in disability discrimination that violates the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of Morgan “along with injunctive relief intended to prevent further instances of discrimination.” Morgan now works at the Vons gas station in Oakhurst after the new management at McDonald’s made his “working conditions so intolerable that he was discharged in June 2009,” the Star said.
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