Sprouts settles disability discrimination lawsuits

Sprouts Farmers Market Inc., the Phoenix-based specialty grocer, will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle lawsuits over allegations that the company discriminated against deaf people in its hiring practices.

The lawsuits were filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Sprouts (Nasdaq: SFM) and the federal agency were able to settle the lawsuits on Oct. 14.

As part of the settlement agreement, Sprouts will pay $280,000 to three deaf parties and provide other significant…

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