Hester Foods, Inc., which operates a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Dublin, Georgia, recently violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it discriminated against an employee because of her disability, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In July 2015, restaurant manager, Cynthia Dunson, was fired after the Hester Foods’ owner found out she was taking prescribed medication for her bipolar disorder. According to the lawsuit, he referred to her medication in obscene terms and ordered her to flush the medication down a toilet. Ms. Dunson stated she would continue to take her medication upon her doctor’s orders, and she was fired.
The EEOC is seeking back pay, punitive damages, and compensatory damages as well as injunctive relief to protect against future discrimination.