Lawsuit alleges Party City denied job to woman with autism

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal agency has sued Party City over allegations that it failed to hire a New Hampshire woman after it learned she has autism.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire. The woman, Ashley Waxman, was allegedly denied a job at a Party City in Nashua.

The complaint says Waxman has autism and severe anxiety.

It says she went to Party City to apply for a sales job after being told the store needed workers. But when a manager learned Waxman had a disability and would need a job coach, she said employees like her slept on the job and were not good workers. Waxman was not hired.

Party City said it could not comment on pending litigation.

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