A man in Orland Park, Illinois, filed suit against Chick-Fil-A on December 23. He says that the restaurant denied him employment because he has autism.
James Kwon, 25, went to the restaurant with his job coach in the summer of 2014. He had previous restaurant experience at a local place. The manager wasn’t available right then, but the job coach went back later and told them that Kwon had done a good job at the Baker’s Square restaurant he previously worked at.
The complaint said:
“The branch manager responded that Chick-fil-A was not interested in hiring people with disabilities. When the job coach reiterated that she thought James would do a good job, the branch manager stated that people with disabilities would not be able to succeed at Chick-fil-A.”
Kevin Bulmann, the owner of the Orland Park Chick-fil-A franchise, said:
“Chick-fil-A at Orland Park is aware of Mr Kwon’s lawsuit and strenuously denies violating any laws. Our restaurant does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated Mr Kwon’s allegations and did not find cause to believe that discrimination occurred.”
It is hard for people with “invisible” disabilities to find jobs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does include people with mental disabilities, but many people think that it only includes physical ones.
The ADA defines an individual with a disability as someone who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
- Has a record of such an impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such an impairment.
If the person is able to work, then they should be given equal treatment when applying for jobs.
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