Walmart Pays $125 Million Verdict following the Firing of a Down Syndrome Employee

Source: Walmart Media Library

Walmart broke the law after firing a long-time employee who suffers from Down syndrome according to a jury. The U.S. Equal Employment Commission is pledging the judge to stop this from happening again in the United States and specifically Walmart which is the nation’s largest private employer.

In a new filing, the federal agency said that Walmart should be watched out for the next five years and shall make clearer company policies that protect employees with disabilities while entitling them to reasonable accommodations.

According to the EEOC, Walmart should be forced to post a sign about the lawsuit filed against it. Additionally, the company should mention in the posting that there were actions taken against it in over 100 stores.

The EEOC has made a memo that is shared with the judge where it mentions the illegal firing of Marlo Spaeth, a longtime employee with Down syndrome. It has been used as a cautionary tale about the consequence of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge will decide whether or not to grant the injunctive measures.