Texas-based Scooter Store smites disabled manager who lost his mobility mojo, feds say
Couldn’t they have just given him a loaner?
The Scooter Store, the nation’s leading supplier of power wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps and accessories fired a mobility manager because, yep, he has a disability, the federal government says in a lawsuit.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the New Braunfels, Texas, company's files show the manager was qualified to perform his job despite a physical impairment, psoriatic arthritis.
To the facts, as the feds see them: In April 2009, the manager requested a temporary leave of absence as a “reasonable accommodation” for his disability when he injured his knee. Swiftly, as in within weeks or days, the Scooter Store, which was in New York, went and fired him “purportedly for job abandonment, although he had presented medical documentation,” the feds said.
“Granting a temporary leave of absence to this employee would have posed no undue hardship on this company and would have allowed the employee to recuperate and return to work,” said Adela Santos, trial attorney in the EEOC’s New York District Office.
Watchdog is betting giving the guy a Spitfire EX 1420 Travel Scooter Freedom Package (a $1,702 value now JUST $999!) would have been the equivalent of paying the corporate lawyer for his first four hours defending the case.
Mark B. Leita, a company spokesman, said "The SCOOTER Store operates in full compliance with all State and Federal laws including those that protect the rights of the disabled. However, the company will not comment further on this litigation."