Companies that are determined to have violated provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act sometimes hope they can negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, write a check and make their problems evaporate.
The EEOC has proven itself to be difficult for companies to be rid of. A couple of months ago, the hardware retailing giant Lowe's agreed to a $8.6 million settlement with the commission to resolve ADA violation claims. Lowe's was accused of firing employees whose medical leaves of absence exceeded the company's limit.