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Disabled Discrimination

St Louis, MO: (Apr-17-08) The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., alleging that the store discriminated against people with disabilities, and refused to hire a job applicant because he has cerebral palsy. The suit was filed on behalf of Steven J. Bradley Jr. of Hardin in northwest MO, who claimed that he was rejected for a job at a new Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Richmond, MO in 2001. EEOC records state that Bradley applied for any available position. The 2004 lawsuit said that Bradley was questioned during an interview about his ability to work using his wheelchair. He was allegedly told he was 'best suited' for a greeter position. Ultimately, he was not hired.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, sources stated that Wal-Mart agreed to pay $300,000 to resolve the disability discrimination lawsuit. Apart from the monetary payout, Wal-Mart agreed to provide ADA training to managers at its Richmond store; notify job applicants about the settlement; and inform several Kansas City area job service agencies that the company seeks to employ qualified persons with disabilities. [CNN MONEY: WAL-MART SETTLES WITH APPLICANT WITH DISABILITY]

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Published on Apr-18-08


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