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Bon-Ton settles discrimination claim with worker

Bon-Ton Stores has settled a discrimination claim involving a victim of domestic violence who worked at the Eastern Hills Mall location.

The department store will “strengthen protections against discrimination based on domestic violence victim status,” under terms of a deal with the state Attorney General’s Office, officials for the agency announced Thursday.

A Bon-Ton employee was sent home early from work last month after telling security and the store manager she was seeking an order of protection after receiving death threats from her estranged husband. Later, the employee was told she would be paid for her time off but was to stay home until she provided a copy of the order of protection to the manager, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Under its agreement with the state, Bon-Ton changed its policies to acknowledge victims of domestic violence are a protected class in the state, ensure it is following the state human rights law, provide education and training to employees addressing discrimination against domestic violence victims and donate $5,000 to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department’s Domestic Violence Unit.