A judge ordered Walmart to re-hire an employee of 16 years after she filed a lawsuit for disability discrimination.
“A federal judge has ordered Walmart to immediately rehire a woman with Down syndrome and give her more than $50,000 in back pay after she prevailed in a disability discrimination lawsuit related to her firing from a Wisconsin store.
But the judge denied a request to force Walmart to take other actions for the next five years in light of how it treated the woman, Marlo Spaeth.
But a spokesman said the company has not decided whether to appeal the ruling on back pay, along with $300,000 in jury damages.
‘We take supporting all our associates seriously and routinely accommodate thousands with disabilities every year,’ Walmart said.
The judge’s order is the latest development in a more than five-year court battle between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer. The federal agency sued Walmart on Spaeth’s behalf, after the retailer refused to accommodate her disability and fired her after nearly 16 years of working at one of its Supercenters.”
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