Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Expensive Lesson on Disability Discrimination

I don’t know if the company has some sort of jinx on it or just couldn’t get their people straight.

Just recently, the US Employment Opportunity Commission charged Wal-Mart with yet another discrimination suit. This time it’s disability discrimination lawsuit.

The Commission said that the retail giant refused to hire a man with cerebral palsy who uses crutches or a wheelchair for mobility. Wal-Mart was then preparing to open a new 24-hour Supercenter and was conducting mass hiring.

The company argued that the disability of the applicant will “pose a safety risk to himself or customers if he worked at the store using a wheelchair or crutches.”

The case cost Wal-Mart another $300,000 to pay the rejected applicant. A rather another expensive lesson to learn by Wal-Mart.

Disability discrimination lawsuit is covered by Title I of the ADA. The law prohibits discrimination of employees or applicants based on their disability. Employers who violate the law can be made to pay the discriminated employee or the rejected applicant.

It isn’t an overstatement to say that discrimination of all sorts is still prevalent in the country today. Having a “colored” presidential candidate didn’t and arguably will not change that fact.

What we need is faithful enforcements of laws on discrimination. If we cannot achieve equality of treatments among and between our citizen by plea and rhetoric – I agree that we use the full extent of the law to achieve it.

Even if it cost ‘em a fortune.