Lawsuit alleges that Sonic restaurant franchisee discriminated against job applicant with speech impediment
March 4, 2011
A Sonic restaurant franchisee in New Iberia violated federal law by discriminating against an applicant because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed this week.
According to the lawsuit, in October 2006, Gravlee’s Sonic of New Iberia, Inc. denied Shanna Proctor employment as a car hop or cook because she has a speech impediment.
The EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement. The agency is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the company from engaging in disability discrimination, as well as back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
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