USA: Walmart to face lawsuit alleging disability discrimination against 2 store employees

Author: Patrick Dorrian, Bloomberg Law (USA), Published on: 6 June 2018

"Walmart Accused by U.S. Government of Bias Against Deaf Workers (2)", 4 June 2018

A Walmart store in Washington allegedly discriminated against two deaf employees by failing to provide them with American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations, the U.S. government says...Tonya Bland was an overnight stocker during her more than two years working at the store.  Troy Miles was a sales associate, merchandise manager, and department manager during his three-year tenure, the EEOC alleges in the...lawsuit against Walmart.  Bland is profoundly deaf; Miles is profoundly deaf in one ear and has moderate to severe hearing loss in the other, the agency says.  Both workers needed and asked for ASL interpreters for workplace meetings...The workers’ requests were denied, despite Walmart’s awareness of their hearing issues.  The company also denied Bland’s request for closed-captioning on video presentations and Miles’ request for consistent and thorough note-taking for certain meetings.  That violated the workers’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act to the equal benefits and privileges of employment, the EEOC says...A Walmart spokesman told Bloomberg Law June 4 that the company doesn’t “tolerate discrimination of any kind.”  “We deny that we failed to provide Mr. Miles or Ms. Bland with reasonable accommodations,” Randy Hargrove said in an email...

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