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Friday, July 23, 2021

Wisconsin woman with Down syndrome wins $125M discrimination settlement against Walmart

MANITOWOC, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman with Down syndrome who worked for Walmart for roughly 16 years has been awarded $125 million in punitive damages after a Green Bay grand jury determined her 2015 firing by the retail giant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  1. Well, that's retarded...

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  2. Yet another reason I don't shop there.

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    1. So you think they were wrong? Sorry, here in an at will state, this would not have flown. I'm the boss, you work when I want, how I want and if you don't want, you can find another job.

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  3. Maybe she was due something, but that's ridiculous. Jobs should not have to be tailored to the individual though in her case is looks like a jerk manager was just being stupid to not accommodate her disability.

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    1. A disabled person should feel fortunate to find a company that will hire them. If they don't like the schedule, too bad so sad.

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  4. Kroger are pretty much good people. The local (Disco Kroger, recently closed) had a policy of hiring workers with Down Syndrome as sackers, cart wranglers, and stockers in entry level, and promoting them within ranks to Bakery and Butcher positions as skills allowed.

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  5. They should pay her in $0.01 checks that have to be countersigned before deposit.

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  6. Who didn't see this one coming when it first hit the news wires back when it happened?

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  7. It is crap like this that makes employers decide to NOT HIRE folks with a disability.

    It's not like they were asking for too much with a schedule change, even for a person with Down Syndrome.

    She just screwed every potential future employee with any "disability"

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  8. I'm down with that ...

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    1. Man, I'm not a religious person, but you may be going to hell for that. I laughed out loud, so guess I'll be right there with you.

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  9. She's got Down, but Wally World is apparently so stupid that it's also got Left, Right, and Up.

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  10. Great , now EVERY retard that works at walmart will be expecting a huge payoff

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    1. This can easily be avoided by giving each retard a lolipop. At the risk of generalizing, retards LOVE candy.

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    2. According to my I.Q. both of you are monkeys.

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  11. “ Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove told the newspaper that the retailer is reviewing its legal options and does not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

    Fuck Walmart.

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    1. I hate Walmart too. But as a business owner, I hate opportunistic employees also.

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  12. You're all overlooking the fact that she was a 16 year employee with outstanding reviews. Given that her disability was well known to the company, why was her schedule changed? Hard to believe that steps would not have been taken to accommodate a loyal employee.

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    1. Thank you, I've been watching the comments waiting for somebody with a little compassion.
      Here we have somebody that was willing to work and not live on our tax dollars, her disability was known at the time of her hiring, and people are trash talking her instead of applauding her.

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    2. True. Once the business tacitly accepts that responsibity then they own it. As for legally? Legally they CAN fire her unless they get a jury trial to ignore the law.

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  13. I'm too lazy to search for it but I seem to remember various Walmart franchises in Canada wanting to "phase out" their greeters and getting hit with a HUGE backlash from pretty much everybody over it.

    There's a right and wrong way to handle this, and if you wind up owing somebody $125 million (or $300,000 as indicated in the article) you've handled things the wrong way.

    "the retailer is reviewing its legal options" just take a knee and run out the clock. There's no plausible scenario where fighting on will turn out well.

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  14. Fuck walmart! $125,000,000 in PUNITIVE damages is just a more satisfying way of having the sentiment of 'FUCK WALMART' expressed. Anyone that disagrees with me can go consummate themselves.

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  15. My uncle had Down syndrome. Born in early ‘50s and my grandparents were told he wouldn’t live past 20. He died at age 61. Although his academic development didn’t really make it past 4th or 5th grade, his emotional development seemed to grow each year he was alive. He was basically a product of the ‘50s and early ‘60s, and he loved all things of that era. My grandparents took very good care of him and everyone in the family loved him for who he was. Brother, uncle, cousin, a human being with thoughts, memories, ideas, and feelings.
    MadMarlin

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  16. From another account of the dispute:
    "A Walmart spokesman said Walmart was reviewing its legal options but does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and routinely accommodates thousands of employees every year.

    “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,” Hargrove said. “We’re sensitive to this situation and believe we could have resolved this issue with Ms. Spaeth, however the EEOC’s demands were unreasonable.”

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