Comfort Suites To Pay After Firing Worker With Autism
A former Comfort Suites employee with autism will pocket a six-figure settlement after he was fired following his request for a job coach.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that Tarsadia Hotels — a California Comfort Suites operator — agreed to pay a former hotel clerk $125,000 amid allegations that the worker was fired due to his disability.
Under the agreement, the company will also enhance employee training and procedures in an effort to better comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act and donate $7,500 to a nonprofit that provides employment supports to people with disabilities.
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The settlement stems from a 2010 lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of a front desk clerk with autism who was employed at a San Diego-area Comfort Suites. Though he had positive reviews from a previous position working at a hotel, the clerk was fired in 2008 shortly after he requested the assistance of a job coach which the state would have paid for, the EEOC said.