By Judy Greenwald, Crain News Service
CHICAGO (May 15, 2014) — Auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. was accused May 9 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of violating federal law for allegedly implementing a nationwide attendance policy that failed to accommodate certain disability-related absences.
It is the fourth disability lawsuit the EEOC has filed against the Memphis, Tenn.-based auto parts company in recent years.
In the latest case, the EEOC said that from 2009 until at least 2011, AutoZone assessed employees' nationwide points for absences — without permitting any general exception for disability-related absences — with 12 points resulting in termination.
As a result, the EEOC said in a statement, qualified employees with disabilities with “even modest” numbers of disability-related absences were fired in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.