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Metro Phoenix Subway shop accused of firing employee over autism, ADHD

A Subway sandwich shop in Buckeye will pay $30,000 after hiring and firing an employee with a disability. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, known as the EEOC, said when a young man was hired at a Subway sandwich shop in Buckeye in 2019, his mother explained he needed accommodations because of his autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

The EEOC said RCC Partners LLC, the company doing business as Subway 701, knew the man would need specific instructions, redirection and someone to follow up to make sure he understood. But the EEOC said Subway failed to provide those accommodations and fired him after four shifts “because of his disability and/or his need for accommodation."

In a press release, the federal agency said, “Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act." and it filed the suit after first trying to reach a settlement through its conciliation process.

“This settlement represents a step towards the EEOC’s goal of eradicating disability discrimination against workers with intellectual disabilities in the workplace,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, EEOC regional attorney.

In addition to paying damages to settle the federal lawsuit, RCC Partners will conduct training on disability discrimination, provide reports to the EEOC and post an anti-discrimination notice.

“The additional training required by the consent decree will help educate all RCC employees on the importance of accommodating people with disabilities,” said Melinda Caraballo, acting director of the EEOC’s Phoenix district office.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.