In addition to the monetary relief to the cashier, the consent decree settling the suit between the EEOC, Home Depot must:
- Stop denying reasonable accommodations or otherwise discriminating against individuals with disabilities in the future.
- Provide anti-discrimination training, with an emphasis on unpaid leave as a medical accommodation, to all store managers, assistant store managers and human resources staff in the district covering the Towson store and Post a notice regarding the resolution of the lawsuit.
According to the ADA, employers must give unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation unless they can prove it would be a significant cost or disruption to its business (undue hardship). EEOC said, "It can be difficult for a major nationwide retailer the size of Home Depot to show how a few extra weeks of unpaid leave would be an undue hardship." According to its website, https://corporate.homedepot.com, The Home Depot, Inc. is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer with fiscal 2011 retail sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Home Depot has more than 2,200 retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the territory of Guam), Canada, Mexico and China.
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