CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Dec. 12 that
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay a former employee $75,000 after allegations of
According to EEOC, Wal-Mart
failed to accommodate Nancy Stark, a cancer survivor with physical limitations,
and subjected her to harassment based on her disability. Stark worked at a
Walmart store in Hodgkins, Ill.
Stack needed a chair and a modified schedule as
part of her accommodation. The store initially provided the modified schedule,
but allegedly revoked it for no stated reason. The store also purportedly
failed to make sure a chair was in Stark’s work area.
"Wal-Mart refused to
provide simple, effective and inexpensive accommodations in the form of a chair
and modified schedule and failed to protect Stack from mocking because she had
cancer," said John Hendrickson, regional attorney of EEOC's Chicago
"Both the failure to provide accommodations and to stop
the harassment violated federal law, and we are pleased with today's
settlement. Ms. Stack will receive monetary recompense from Wal-Mart, and the
company will be required to educate its workforce on employees' rights and on
its own obligations under the law."