- Walmart employees with disabilities faced “discrimination and difficulties,” a court filing said.
- A lawyer said she represented six employees with claims against Walmart, CNBC reported.
- Friday’s filing came as part of an ongoing legal dispute between Walmart and the EEOC.
A lawyer said in a court filing on Friday that Walmart’s discrimination against disabled employees was more widespread than a single case.
CNBC first reported the news.
Monica Murphy, a lawyer with Disability Rights Wisconsin, said in a court filing that she represented six Wisconsin residents “who experienced varying degrees of discrimination and difficulties because of disability” as Walmart switched to computerized scheduling.
Murphy’s filing, which has been viewed by Insider, was made as part of the ongoing legal dispute between the retail giant and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is representing a woman with disabilities who worked at Walmart.
A federal jury in July awarded $US125 ($AU168) million in damages to the woman, Marlo Spaeth, of Wisconsin, finding that Walmart had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired her.
Murphy, who did not appear to be involved in Spaeth’s case, said in her Friday court filing that she’s represented six Wisconsin Walmart employees with disabilities since that case was filed in 2017.
Walmart didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. The company told CNBC in a statement that it takes “supporting all our associates seriously and for those with disabilities, we routinely accommodate thousands every year.”
Among the employees Murphy represented was one who had worked only four-hour shifts because of a disability. But when Walmart started using a computerized scheduling system, the employee was bumped up to eight-hour shifts, the filing said.
“When she requested an accommodation, she was put on unpaid leave for twelve weeks and told to seek a new position within her restrictions,” Murphy wrote. The employee was eventually accommodated, but “those twelve weeks of unpaid leave caused unnecessary hardship,” Murphy wrote.
Murphy’s statement was one of several documents filed on Friday as part of the EEOC’s lawsuit against Walmart in US District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The EEOC added 261 pages of supporting documents, including details of other discrimination claims brought against Walmart.
The EEOC wrote that Walmart needed additional supervision.
“Moreover, Walmart’s statement that ‘there is no evidence of other ADA complaints against Walmart similar to the EEOC’s allegations’ is simply incorrect,” the agency’s lawyers wrote.