Woman with Down syndrome is awarded $125MILLION in lawsuit against Walmart

Woman with Down syndrome is awarded $125MILLION in lawsuit against Walmart
Woman with Down syndrome is awarded $125MILLION in lawsuit against Walmart
Woman with Down syndrome is awarded $125MILLION in lawsuit against Walmart after it 'altered her work schedule' and fired her for chronic absenteeism which she says was because she 'had to eat dinner at the same time every night' Marlo Spaeth, a longtime Wisconsin Walmart employee with Down syndrome, was fired in 2015 after the store changed her schedule  As part of her condition, Spaeth needs to needs to maintain a rigid daily schedule, which includes eating dinner at the same time  every night Instead of accommodating her, Walmart fired her, according to a lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2017 on Spaeth's behalf  On Thursday, a jury awarded Spaeth $125millionin punitive damages plus $150,000 in compensation The $125million will likely be reduced to $300,000, which is the maximum cap on damages in ADA cases, a Walmart spokesperson said The EEOC said the federal cap doesn't apply to back pay, front pay, litigation costs or interest 

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A former longtime Walmart employee with Down syndrome was awarded a $125million in a discrimination case after the retail giant changed her work schedule and eventually fired her for chronic absenteeism. 

Marlo Spaeth, who was with the Manitowoc, Wisconsin store for 16 years before she was fired in 2015, needs to maintain a rigid daily schedule as part of her condition, which includes eating dinner at the same time every night, the lawsuit says.  

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The store changed her hours in 2014 and made her work longer days, which caused health issues for Spaeth, according to the lawsuit that was filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2017 on her behalf. 

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