Lowe's settles employee leave lawsuit for $8.6 million

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Posted: May 13, 2016 8:03 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lowe's home improvement store chain will pay $8.6 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed it fired workers who took long medical leaves.

City News Service says a Los Angeles judge approved the settlement on Friday.

The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission alleged that Lowe's violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by firing workers whose medical leaves exceeded the company's maximum.

Lowe's denied wrongdoing, but under the settlement it agrees to have consultants oversee its leave policies.

Lowe's is based in North Carolina and operates more than 1,800 stores.