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Express Mart owner settles St. Louis discrimination lawsuit

February 19, 2020 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The company that owns Express Mart convenience stores has agreed to pay $25,000 and make several changes to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Home Service Oil Co., doing business as Express Mart, also will improve its recruitment of disabled workers and changes procedures and training involving disabled employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.

According to the lawsuit, a man who has Tourette’s syndrome and neurofibromatosis, a neurological disorder, applied for a part-time sales clerk position at the Cedar Hill store. The store manager refused to consider his application because of a noticeable facial tic, told an assistant manager she didn’t want such people working at the store and threw away his application, the EEOC said.

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In addition to paying $25,000 to the victim, the three-year consent decree requires Home Service Oil Co. to encourage disabled people to apply; strengthen it procedures to prevent disability discrimination; train managers regarding disability discrimination; provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees and applicants; and report complaints of disability discrimination to the EEOC.