Finish Line settles with former employee

June 3, 2011

The Finish Line Inc. has agreed to pay $38,000 to a former worker who claimed the Indianapolis-based athletics retailer violated federal law when it fired her because of a physical disability.

The settlement, reached on Tuesday, stemmed from a lawsuit brought in December by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The agency claimed that employee Emma Armon asked to be transferred to an available customer-service position to accommodate her physical impairment related to a right shoulder injury.

Instead, Finish Line “discharged her in favor of equally and less qualified individuals, in violation of the [Americans With Disabilities Act],” the EEOC alleged.

Besides the payment to Armon, the settlement calls for the Finish Line to implement a written equal employment opportunity policy and provide an employment discrimination program to employees.



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