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Wal-Mart caught up in workplace discrimination claim

Wal-Mart is well known for being one of the top retail stores in the world, with locations ranging from Florida to Illinois to California and everywhere in between.

Despite the fact that the company has more than 11,000 locations and roughly 2.2 million employees, it does not mean they can get away with discriminating against a worker.

On July 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that the chain fired an employee from a store due to an intellectual disability.

In the lawsuit, it stays that the store revoked the man’s workplace accommodations, which subsequently led to a situation in which it was challenging for him to complete his responsibilities. Since he was unable to complete his job tasks, he was then disciplined by the company, and eventually fired altogether.

At first, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did not file a lawsuit against the national retail chain, but instead attempt to reach a settlement. However, this was unsuccessful, leading to the organization filing the lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Regardless of what you think of Wal-Mart and the products that it offers, there is no denying that the retailer employs millions of people throughout the world. Unfortunately, the company has found itself entangled in a workplace discrimination claim. This may not be the first time the retailer has been caught up in such a lawsuit, but it hurts its reputation the same each time. Anybody who is discriminated against at work, regardless of the industry, has the right to file such a claim.

Source:  Social Work Helper, “Wal-Mart Being Sued for Disability Discrimination by the EEOC in Chicago” Vilissa Thompson, Jul. 22, 2014

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