DENVER (AP) — The owner of the King Soopers supermarket chain in Colorado has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a complaint of discrimination against a former employee with a learning disability.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that Dillon Companies Inc. agreed to the payment to Lakewood employee Justin Stringer, who worked for King Soopers for 10 years before his termination in 2006. It also agreed to train supervisors and managers how to interact with special-needs employees.

The EEOC alleged two supervisors bullied and taunted Stringer because of his disability and that the harassment led to his termination. Details of his dismissal weren’t disclosed.

Company spokeswoman Kelli McGannon says the settlement didn’t include any finding of violations of the law. She says the company made a business decision to settle.

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