Settlement reached in suit against Maui car dealership
HONOLULU — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit accusing a Maui-based car dealership of refusing to hire a man because of a perceived disability.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that under the terms of a consent decree approved in Honolulu federal court, Valley Isle Motors Ltd. will pay the man $32,500.
In its lawsuit, the commission accused the dealership of reneging on an offer to hire the job applicant as a salesman only after a urine test revealed he was taking prescribed medication.
It says Valley Isle Motors then erroneously perceived the unidentified man as too disabled to do the job.
The commission says the dealership’s conduct violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.