MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal agency is accusing auto-parts retailer AutoZone Inc. of illegally firing an employee because of her disability.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against AutoZone this week.
According to the EEOC, the company fired a manager in its Cudahy store in 2009. The agency says the woman had just received a doctor’s clearance to return to work with a lifting restriction, following an injury to her shoulder two years earlier.
The EEOC says AutoZone failed to provide reasonable accommodation to her injury and fired her.
A phone listing for AutoZone hung up without taking a message. An email sent to the company was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages.