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EEOC: Woodman’s to pay $35K to settle bias charge

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — A federal agency says a Wisconsin-based grocery store has agreed to pay a former employee $35,000 to settle allegations of disability bias.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed a lawsuit against Woodman’s Food Markets Inc.

According to the EEOC, Kimberly McMillan-Goodwin was fired from a Woodman’s store in Beloit last year because of a back condition that prevented her from lifting more than 10 pounds. The agency says the restriction didn’t interfere with the woman’s work for years, but that the company eventually fired her.

A message left at Woodman’s corporate office in Janesville was not immediately returned.

The Beloit Daily News says a federal judge approved the agreement Thursday.
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Online:
EEOC: http://www.eeoc.gov
Woodman’s: http://www.woodmans-food.com
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Information from: Beloit Daily News, http://www.beloitdailynews.com

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