WAL-MART TO PAY $300,000 TO REJECTED JOB APPLICANT WITH DISABILITY

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will pay $300,000 to a Hardin, Mo., man to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

In its suit, the EEOC alleged that Wal-Mart refused to hire Steve Bradley, who has cerebral palsy and uses crutches or a wheelchair for mobility, when he applied for employment at its Richmond, Mo., store in 2001. At the time, the retail giant was preparing to open a new 24-hour Supercenter and was conducting mass hiring. Bradley applied for any available job, but during his interview he was questioned about his ability to work using his wheelchair and was told he was “best suited” for a greeter position. Ultimately, the company refused to hire him. The EEOC’s suit (EEOC v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 04-cv-0076 (W.D. Mo)) alleged that Wal-Mart violated Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused to hire Bradley.

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