Bonn, who has Down syndrome, got help from the state to fulfill his duties with a job coach.
After a visit to the Farmington location by a Papa John’s operating partner in February 2012, the local franchise owners became aware of the situation and made a call to corporate human resources department.
As a result, Bonn was fired, an EEOC attorney says.
Now the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has stepped in with a lawsuit against Papa John’s both at the franchise and corporate level.
Representatives for Papa John’s did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
According to the EEOC, Papa John's discriminated against Bonn by failing to reasonably accommodate his Down syndrome and by terminating him because of his disability. Before he was fired, Bonn worked successfully with the assistance of an independently employed and insured job coach.