A Harrisburg man will receive more than $20,000 from the operator of a Popeyes franchise after he claimed the restaurant fired him because of his disability.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission ruled Tuesday that Joseph C. Keegan will receive $21,879 after he filed a 2012 complaint that CL&J Inc. , owner of the Harrisburg location of Popeyes Louisiana Chicken Keegan said he was fired because of his undisclosed disabilities that were unrelated to his job as a preparation cook.
According to the commission, Keegan filed the complaint June 27, 2012, and the company didn’t respond to the complaint. The company then failed to respond to a legal letter to answer the complaint, and the commission ruled in favor of Keegan.
The ruling handed down mandates the company must reinstate Keegan to his old job or a comparable one; pay him $225 a week until he is reinstated or until he finds other work paying that much; and pay him $19,800, plus interest, for lost wages. With interest, the total is now at $21,879.
The company has 30 days to inform the commission how it will comply.