EEOC Wins Disability Discrimination Suit Against Payday Lender ‘The Cash Store’
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has won one of its first disability discrimination lawsuits concerning bipolar disorder. Cottonwood Financial, which does business as The Cash Store, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) when it fired an employee with bipolar disorder. The employee’s request for sick leave to adjust to new medication was denied and he was fired days later. The ADA and the WLAD prohibit employment decisions based on an employee’s real or perceived disability or request for an accommodation.