EEOC settles disability complaint against Subway franchisee

The operator of five Subway restaurants in the Indianapolis area has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC on Tuesday announced the settlement stemming from a complaint brought against Subway franchisee KAY QSRS Inc. The operator, Shalinder Kular, owns Subway shops in Indianapolis, Cicero, Lebanon and Sheridan.

According to the suit, KAY QSRS terminated an employee at its Sheridan location in January 2015 after he disclosed to a manager that he was HIV positive. Firing an employee based on HIV status violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the EEOC said.

The commission filed suit in U.S. District Court in September after first attempting to reach a settlement through its conciliation process, the EEOC said.

In addition to providing monetary relief to the victim, the settlement prohibits KAY QSRS from engaging in future discrimination against employees or applicants with disabilities.

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