According to a recent article from The Associated Press, Kohl's Department Stores has been sued after allegedly refusing to accomodate the schedule of a diabetic worker.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the worker by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the company. According to the suit, a branch of the business based in Portland, Maine, reportedly refused to acknowledge requests made by the worker for a set schedule in order to prevent complications from her diabetes.
The lawsuit claims the location's manager ignored these requests, but accommodated to other employees' schedules to incorporate reasons such as day care and transportation. EEOC officials claim the agency tried reach a settlement with Kohl's before the complaint was filed.
Kohl's did not return a phone call made by the news source. The company, based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, has more than 1,000 stores across 49 states.
The case highlights the importance of companies instituting and adhering here to legal business practices and avoiding potentially discriminatory actions. Companies must ensure all employees are aware of these practices as well, as failure to act appropriately may result in professional liability lawsuits.