Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Wal-Mart disability discrimination case

Yesterday the Supreme Court dismissed a case regarding a woman who was disabled and claimed that Wal-Mart discriminated against her because it had been settled out of court. According to the Associated Press article:
Pam Huber was an order filler in a Wal-Mart distribution center in Clarksville, Ark. She applied for a different position at equivalent pay, but didn't get the job.

Wal-Mart said in court papers that it hired a more qualified employee. Huber was later given a job at about half the hourly wage she earned as an order filler.

Huber sued in June 2004, arguing that under ADA rules, she only had to be qualified for the equivalent position, not the most qualified, and should have been reassigned to the job with equivalent pay.

The case may have given an interesting perspective about the application of ADA in the workplace. For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, check out the government's site on the ADA.

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