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Jury rules against Walmart in discrimination case, awards woman $125M
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A former Walmart employee with Down syndrome has been awarded more than $125 million in punitive damages after a Wisconsin jury ruled that the retail giant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they fired her in 2015.
Marlo Spaeth, who also was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages by the jury in federal court in Green Bay, had alleged that schedule changes exacerbated attendance problems that led to her firing.
"The substantial jury verdict in this case sends a strong message to employers that disability discrimination is unacceptable in our nation’s workplaces," Charlotte Burrows, the chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which brought the lawsuit against Walmart, said in a statement.