ELAINE’S PET RESORT & ELAINE’S ANIMAL HOUSE WERE ANIMALS ABOUT DISABILITIES
A California operator of pet resorts was recently sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for violating federal law.
Apparently, Elaine’s Pet Resort, LP and Elaine’s Animal House Inc., would decline a position to anyone who tested positive on a post-offer drug test. Because they did not attempt to ascertain whether the medication was legally prescribed, the company thus failed to offer applicants a “reasonable accommodation.”
Believing that such conduction violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California (EEOC v. Elaine’s Pet Resort, LP et al., Case No. Case No.: 1:23-at-00845), seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief.
In a written statement, Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office, noted that “Disability discrimination remains one of the most common allegations in discrimination charges filed with the EEOC …. Employers need to understand their obligation to engage in the interactive process in order to best assess what reasonable accommodations could be provided to the employee or applicant.”
Talk about getting hepped up on drugs ….
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