McDonald's to pay $56,500 settlement with EEOC

BELTON, Mo. (AP) " McDonald's will pay a $56,500 settlement after a southeast Missouri restaurant manager refused to interview a deaf job applicant.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with McDonald's Corp. and McDonald's Restaurants.

The EEOC says a young man who can't hear or speak applied online in 2012 to work at a store in Belton, Missouri. He had previous experience as a cook and cleanup team member at a McDonald's in another state.

A lawsuit filed by the EEOC says when the restaurant manager learned the applicant needed a sign language interpreter for his interview, she canceled the interview, even though the applicant's sister volunteered to interpret.

McDonald's said in a statement that it is "committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, including employing people with disabilities." It also disputes the EEOC version of what happened, but is satisfied with the settlement.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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