Friday, February 25, 2005

Big Verdict Against Wal-Mart in Disability Discrimination Suit

See this piece from the New York Daily News, which begins:

A Centereach who sued Wal-Mart for disability discrimination was awarded $7.5 million Tuesday night, after a week-long trial.

"I felt very good," said Patrick Brady, 21, who suffers from cerebral palsy. "I felt it was very fair."

Brady had worked for two years at another Centereach pharmacy, The Village Chemist, before getting a job as a pharmacy assistant at the Centereach Mall Wal-Mart in 2002.

Brady's attorney, Douglas Wigdor, said department manager Yem Hung Chin asked Brady if he could do his job despite his disability.

"After one day, the defendant decided that Patrick - just because he's disabled - was unable to hand out prescription medication," Wigdor said. Brady worked in the Wal-Mart pharmacy for three days. Chin transferred him to the parking lot, where he was told to collect shopping carts and pick up garbage.

"I felt like she thought I was worthless," Brady said. "It was degrading that she thought I couldn't do the job when I had done it for two years."

The New York Post weighs in here; Newsday here; and the Grey Lady, deciding that this obviously isn't important enough to assign one of its own reporters to it, runs this AP dispatch.


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