CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who was hoping to land a sales job at Party City was turned down after a manager realized she has autism, according to a federal lawsuit.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire.
The woman, Ashley Waxman, was allegedly denied a job at a Party City in Nashua, New Hampshire. She filed a complaint with the EEOC alleging the store had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act prohibits employers from discriminating based on disability and requires that employees with disabilities be offered a reasonable accommodation, including the use of a job coach.
In July, the EEOC found the party supply store had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and attempted to negotiate with the company to “eliminate the discriminatory practices and provide appropriate relief.” But when that failed, the EEOC filed the lawsuit.