11/17/2008According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $250,000 to a pharmacy technician who suffered a disabling personal injury from a gunshot wound and was subsequently fired from one of the company’s stores in Hartford County, Maryland.
According to the EEOC, Wal-Mart failed to accommodate Glenda Darlene Allen before unlawfully firing her due to her disability. In 1994, she was shot during a robbery while working at another job. The injury caused damage to her spinal cord, resulting in her having an abnormal gait and requiring the use of a cane, according to the EEOC.
According to 41-year-old Allen, Wal-Mart was a cooperative employer until she got a new pharmacy manger, who refused to accommodate her disability and demoted her to door greeter in 2003. According to her attorney, when she refused to be demoted, Wal-Mart fired her.
The settlement reached in the suit included $150,000 in compensation in addition to $50,000 in back pay and $50,000 in attorney fees, according to Maria Salacuse, the EEOC’s senior trial attorney in Baltimore, Maryland.
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