Walmart accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Most employees are blessed with good health, but as they age, illnesses and conditions can occur. This does not make the workers any less valuable, but it may require them to have reasonable accommodations to continue performing their jobs. If employees feel that they have been discriminated against due to their disabilities, they may believe that the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and seek legal assistance to pursue justice. A woman who worked for a Texas Walmart recently claimed that is what happened to her.

The 67-year-old woman was hired by Walmart in 2000 as a sales associate. Three years later, she developed a disease which led to developing adult blindness. After she was diagnosed, she claims that she was transferred from her position into the candy department.

After she was moved, she was placed under a new manager. From that point on, she alleges that she began to suffer adverse consequences due to her disability. She asserts that she was given fewer hours to work and was also given unsatisfactory performance evaluations. Ultimately, the plaintiff alleges she was placed on an indefinite leave of absence.

The woman filed a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Dallas, alleging that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. She was given approval to move forward with her lawsuit. If her claim is successfully navigated in the civil justive system, she may be entitled to receive a judgment for the lost wages, legal fees and monetary damages that she is seeking.

Source:, "Disabled woman accuses Walmart of discrimination", Carl Ostrow, Feb. 19, 2015

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