Employee With Disability Requests Accommodation And Receives Termination Instead.


Employee Files Lawsuit against Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

Mildred began working for Wal-Mart in 2000. She worked as an overnight stocker, moving boxes and restocking shelves. Prior to employment with Wal-Mart, Mildred sustained an injury to her right leg. Although capable of performing all necessary job duties, Mildred requested a reasonable accommodation for her ongoing disability. Her injury kept her from bending, standing, and lifting. Mildred asked that she not to be required to lift over 25 pounds or to crawl on the floor. She made this request to management on multiple occasions throughout the years, but she was never specifically given reasonable accommodation.

Naturally, Mildred spoke with her managers about her injury. She also checked with the store manager about receiving reasonable accommodation. But then, in 2015, Mildred’s supervisors expected her to perform certain duties that she’d been excused from in the past. Namely, they allegedly wanted her to take part in heavy lifting, bending, and crawling on the floor. Mildred asked again for a reasonable accommodation. Wal-Mart allegedly did little to nothing to accommodate Mildred’s request.

Soon after, Mildred was terminated from employment with Wal-Mart after 15 years of faithful service. According to Mildred, Wal-Mart terminated her because of her disability and request for reasonable accommodation. The law obligates employers to offer accommodations to employees, and Wal-Mart failed to accommodate Mildred. Kraemer, Manes & Associates fights for the employee rights of people like Mildred who suffer wrongful termination due to discrimination.


Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 3:17-cv-01774-UN4

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