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Feds sue Salvation Army for rejecting disabled applicant

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(Alaska Dispatch) A federal agency is accusing the Salvation Army of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying the nonprofit group refused to hire a man with an intellectual disability for an entry-level job at its Wasilla thrift store.


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Monday against the Salvation Army after attempts to reach a settlement failed, according to a statement from the EEOC’s Seattle office.


The commission said that the applicant, who had finished high school as well as a subsequent job-readiness program, had also completed three internships and held a part-time job at a Wasilla church. He then applied in the spring of 2014 for an entry-level position as a Salvation Army donation attendant, a position that involved accepting and sorting goods brought to the store.


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