Thursday, February 24, 2005
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - A New York jury ordered Wal-Mart to pay $7.5 million in damages to a disabled former employee in a class-action lawsuit in which he claimed the retailer unfairly reassigned him to garbage duty even though he was hired to work in the pharmacy department.
The plaintiff, 21-year-old Long Island resident Patrick Brady, suffers from cerebral palsy. According to the plaintiff's attorney Douglas Wigdor, Brady applied for a position in the pharmacy unit of a Wal-Mart store in Centereach, NY. and was hired in the summer of 2002.
But Brady, who worked for just four days before he quit, claimed he was soon reassigned to other responsibilities that included collecting garbage and shopping carts in the Wal-Mart parking lot. (how demeaning; to be asked to help in other areas)
I have to ask the jury a question; Did you think this guy was a professional athlete? I mean, 7.5 million and only 4 days of work. What kind of an award would he have gotten if they had asked him to clean the toilet, wash the windows or heaven forbid, be a greeter. And you want to know why the price of things goes up…oh yes, hire the handicapped; they alway appreciate an extra million or two severance pay.
Posted by T. F. Stern at 4:51 PM