The company that owns Dotty’s, the ubiquitous strip mall slot parlors, will pay a $3.5 million to victims of discrimination to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC said in a statement Wednesday.
“Since at least 2012, Nevada Restaurant Services violated federal law by maintaining a well-established companywide practice of requiring that employees with disabilities or medical conditions be 100 percent healed before returning to work,” the EEOC statement said.
The EEOC also charged that the company “fired and/or forced employees to quit because they were regarded as disabled, had a record of disability, and/or were associated with someone with a disability.”
An attorney for the company told The Associated Press that the settlement would allow the company “to continue its deeply held commitment through investment in its employees and the communities in which it operates rather than focus on costly litigation.”
The company operates slot parlors in Montana and Nevada. A sparse Dottys.com website, consisting primarily of links to google map locations, indicates there are 79 Dotty’s in Southern Nevada, and about three dozen along the I-80 corridor, most of those in the Reno-Sparks area.