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M&T Bank will pay $100,000 to settle EEOC lawsuit

Buffalo News - 1/23/2020

Jan. 23--M&T Bank has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit involving an M&T branch manager in Baltimore.

The EEOC's suit, filed in 2016, alleged that the bank discriminated against the employee, Candace McCollin, over her pregnancy-related disability. The suit claimed that after McCollin was cleared to return to work, the bank required her to apply for open positions for which she was qualified, instead of accommodating her by assigning her to an open position. The EEOC claims M&T discharged McCollin because of her disability and her record of disability.

Along with the $100,000 to be paid to McCollin, the settlement includes a three-year consent decree that directs M&T to not engage in disability-related discrimination in the future.

"We are pleased that in addition to the monetary relief to the employee, this settlement ensures that other qualified employees may get transfers to vacant positions as a reasonable accommodation as required by the (Americans With Disabilities Act)," said EEOC regional attorney Debra M. Lawrence.

M&T said of the outcome: "We are pleased to reach a settlement and avoid prolonged litigation and additional expense. We feel we went beyond the legal requirements to accommodate our employee in this case.

"We remain fully committed to providing all of our employees, including those with a disability, with a workplace where they feel valued, supported and able to reach their full potential," the bank said.

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