Sears, Roebuck and Co. settled a class-action lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a whopping $6.2 million yesterday.
The government agency brought the case against the department store claiming it failed to provide disabled workers returning from workers' compensation leave the proper accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Now the EEOC is flush with the cash -- the settlement amount was the largest of any single lawsuit under the ADA.
But Sears' duties don't stop there. On top of paying the multi-million dollar settlement, the company will also have to change its workers' compensation leave policies including providing training on the ADA and reporting to the EEOC regularly.
Despite getting off the lawsuit hook, it sounds like the retail chain isn't too happy with the results.
WWD reports that while Sears has established an internal team to comply with the settlement agreement, it "'continues to believe that it reasonably accommodates its associates on leave due to work-related illnesses or injuries under the Americans with Disabilities Act.'"
Sears isn't the only company in legal hot water. A retail chain known for its scandalous ads and cotton basics isn't so keen on Uncle Sam either.