(Harrisburg) -- The owner of a Harrisburg fast foot restaurant in Harrisburg has been fined more than $21,000 for discriminating against a former cook.
The state Human Relations Commission has ordered CL&J Incorporated, owner of Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits, to pay Joseph C. Keegan $19,800, plus interest.
The Harrisburg man filed a complaint in June 27, 2012, alleging that Popeye’s fired him because of his disabilities, which were unrelated to his job as a prep cook.
“Workers with disabilities bring talent, enthusiasm and loyalty to their employers,” Commission Chairman Gerry Robinson says. “Denying a person with disabilities the opportunity to work is not only bad for business, it’s against the law.”
After the company failed to file a legal answer to the complaint and respond to a legal order to do so, the commission held it liable for unlawful discrimination.
The agency has ordered CL&J to cease discriminating against employees because of their disabilities, reinstate Keegan into his former job or a comparable job, give him front pay of $225 per week until he is reinstated or finds other work paying at least $225 per week and pay him $19,800, plus interest, for unpaid wages from the date of his firing until payment is paid.
To date, interest brings Keegan’s back-pay award to $21,879.
The company has 30 days to report to the commission on how it will comply with the order.
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