for Immediate Release
Relations Commission Orders Harrisburg Fast-Food Business to Pay Former Cook More
than $21,879 for Disability Discrimination
– The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission today ordered CL&J
Incorporated, owner of Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits, located in
Harrisburg, to pay Joseph C. Keegan of Harrisburg $19,800, plus interest, for
discriminating against him because of his disabilities.
Keegan filed a complaint on June 27,
2012, alleging that Popeye’s fired him because of his disabilities, which were
unrelated to his job as a prep cook.
CL&J failed to file a legal answer
to the complaint, and then failed to respond to a legal order to do so. The
commission then held the company liable for unlawful discrimination.
The commission held a public hearing to
determine damages, and ordered the company to:
cease discriminating against employees because of
reinstate Keegan into his former job or a
pay Keegan front pay of $225 per week until he
is reinstated or finds other work paying at least $225 per week; and
pay Keegan $19,800, plus interest, for unpaid
wages from the date of his firing until payment is paid. To date, interest
brings Keegan’s back-pay award to $21,879.
“Workers with disabilities bring talent,
enthusiasm and loyalty to their employers,” Commission Chairman Gerry Robinson
said. “Denying a person with disabilities the opportunity to work is not only
bad for business, it’s against the law.”
The company has 30 days to report to the
commission on how it will comply with the order.
Learn more about illegal discrimination
and equal employment opportunity in Pennsylvania at www.phrc.state.pa.us.
contact: Shannon Powers, 717-783-8266