EEOC Wins Bias Suit For Bipolar Ex-Cottonwood Manager

Law360, New York (March 29, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Washington state has handed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a victory in one of its first disability discrimination lawsuits taken to trial concerning bipolar disorder, finding payday lender Cottonwood Financial Ltd. improperly fired a store manager, the agency said Wednesday.

Following a a four-day bench trial in December, U.S. District Judge Edward F. Shea ruled that Cottonwood, which does business as The Cash Store, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination when it fired manager Sean...
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