Court verdicts Walmart to pay $125,000 to an employee with Down syndrome who was fired after 16 years of work
Walmart will now have to pay $125 million to an employee with Down syndrome who was fired after 16 years of work.
The court hearings took place in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and took four days for the jury to verdict.
On Friday, a federal jury determined that Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act dismissing Marlo Spaeth, who worked for Walmart for 16 years, for her schedule issues.
And now Spaeth will receive $125 million from the retailer and may not ever work for the rest of her life.
"The jury here recognized, and apparently was quite offended, that Ms. Spaeth lost her job because of needless - and unlawful - inflexibility on the part of Walmart," Gregory Gochanour, the regional attorney of the EEOC's Chicago District Office, said.
"We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and we routinely accommodate thousands of associates every year," Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesperson, told Bloomberg Law. "We often adjust associate schedules to meet our customers' expectations and while Ms. Spaeth's schedule was adjusted, it remained within the times she indicated she was available.
"We're sensitive to this situation and believe we could have resolved this issue with Ms. Spaeth, however the EEOC's demands were unreasonable."