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Austin’s Park N Pizza settles discrimination lawsuit by paying former employee $20,000

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last Tuesday, June 28 announced that Pflugerville, Texas-based amusement park Austin’s Park N Pizza has conceded in bringing payment of $20,000 to a 26-year-old former employee, and change some of its former employment practices to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.

According to EEOC, the former employee who suffered from a traumatic brain injury when he was a child, was terminated via email by the company because he could not work an electronic time clock system that was recently installed at the amusement park.

EEOC’s Dallas District Office regional attorney Robert Canino, who said that the former employee has spent four years working part-time for the company, handling weekend custodial duties, bussing tables, and assisting customers who want to play at the miniature golf course, noted that, “There is no justification for discriminating against a person with a cognitive impairment who has demonstrated ability and enthusiasm in executing his assigned duties.”

If you have suffered unfair treatment at the hands of an unscrupulous employer, or you have been subjected to harassment of any kind at your place of work, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm who have extensive legal experience when it comes to helping workers. Call our Austin, Texas offices at (512) 330-0017 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Disabled workers in the labor force

A new report from the United States Department of Labor issued last Tuesday, June 21 showed that for working-age persons with disabilities, rates of employment and labor-force participation are rising. The numbers for both metrics increased between 2014 and 2015 after steady dips following the economic recession.

For instance, disabled men who are between the ages of 16 and 64 saw their employment-to-population ratio decline to an average of 28.1% in 2014, down from 31.7% in 2009. For their non-disabled counterparts, the same measure plunged in 2010 and has climbed each year after that. Cornell University and University of Texas at Austin economist Richard Burkhauser said that even though 2015 showed positive developments for employment and labor-force participation among the disabled, there is still a long-term trend of decreasing employment for those with disabilities.

Employees should be protected from employers who violate their rights or discriminate against them for having a disability. If you feel you were discriminated against because of your disability, get in touch with an attorney at The Melton Law Firm by calling our office at (512) 330-0017. We may be able to help you fight for compensation against disability discrimination.

Texas company facing lawsuit over wrongful termination

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division against Austin’s Park N Pizza, a Pflugerville-based amusement park, after the company terminated an employee based on his intellectual disabilities without attempting to provide any accommodations.

According to the legal complaint filed by EEOC, the employee in question suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child, leading to some mental impairments; however, he was able to work for the park for four years doing maintenance and custodial work.

It was only when the company implemented a new computerized timekeeping system that the employee experienced difficulty logging his hours. After noticing her son had not received payment in some time, the employee’s mother contacted the park and questioned the change, asking that they provide some alternative method of logging hours for her son. The company refused her request and later terminated the employee.

The attorneys at The The Melton Law Firm feel strongly that any form of discrimination is deplorable and should not be tolerated. If you have been the victim of this type of behavior in your workplace, our legal team can help you explore your legal options and take action to put a stop to this injustice. To discuss your situation with our attorneys, call us at (512) 330-0017 today.

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