The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced a record $6.2 million Americans with Disabilities Act settlement of a nationwide class action against Sears, Roebuck & Co. over the firing of disabled workers. The agency described it as the largest ADA settlement in a single EEOC lawsuit.

The EEOC had sued Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears in 2004 following a complaint from an injured appliance service technician. Former Sears employee John Bava told the EEOC that Sears fired him after he took a leave for knee, wrist and back injuries suffered on the job, the EEOC said in a Tuesday press release. Bava tried repeatedly to return to work despite his continuing disabilities.

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