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Jury rules Walmart wrongly fired Washington pharmacist

March 7, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury has ruled that retail giant Walmart Inc. wrongly fired a Washington pharmacist whose medical conditions kept her from giving injections.

The Olympian newspaper reports the Tacoma jury decided Wednesday that the company should pay 63-year-old Lori Jacobs about $1 million for its violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Walmart issued a statement, saying the company respects Jacobs, and had tried but not been able to reasonably accommodate her.

Jacobs’ lawsuit says she worked at Walmart’s Port Angeles and Sequim stores from 2007 until 2017, when she was let go.

The company told pharmacists in 2016 they would all need to give injections, which Jacobs’ medical conditions prevented.

While jurors found Walmart had violated the ADA, they decided the company had not violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com