No employee should have to face disability discrimination at their place of work. Such discrimination can cause a great deal of harm to employees. Thus, it is very important for employers to make sure to not commit such discrimination against their employees.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the retailer of having committed disability discrimination against the woman.
Reportedly, the woman had gone on a medical leave in regards to her cerebral palsy. According to the EEOC, the woman then tried to return to work. Reportedly, in connection to her attempt to return to work, the woman made a request to the store for an accommodation that had been recommended by her doctor. According to the EEOC, the requested accommodation would have been a temporary one.
The EEOC alleged that the woman's request for the accommodation was denied and that she was then fired.
A lawsuit was brought in a federal court in New Mexico by the EEOC in connection to these allegations. The EEOC and the retailer recently reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. Reportedly, under the terms of the settlement, the retailer will make a monetary payment and take certain steps aimed at preventing disability discrimination.
As the allegations in this recently settled case underscore, disability discrimination can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that employers are held accountable when they engage in disability discrimination against their employees.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Wal-Mart Settles EEOC Lawsuit for $50,000," Aug. 21, 2012
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