Earlier this month, Walmart agreed to a $14 million settlement, after a legal battle with an Illinois Class of formerly pregnant and pregnant employees who claimed Walmart's policies on disability accommodations discriminated against them.
According to paperwork, plaintiffs Otisha Woolbright and Talisa Borders alleged that the store used a three-tier disability policy with employees who sustained injuries on the job, pregnant employees, and employees with other disabilities received different treatment.
Before a 2014 change in Walmart's disability accommodation policy the plaintiffs claimed that the superstore chain would only allow accommodations to typical work duties for workers whose condition arose from injuries on the job. As a result, simple accommodations such as not climbing ladders or not lifting 25 lb+ items were not automatically given to women who were pregnant. In her claim, Ms. Borders alleged that after she asked for these accommodations she was instead offered an unpaid leave of absence. She claimed that after her unpaid leave and following the birth of her child she returned to her job, but was demoted and her pay was cut.
Ms. Woolbright filed a similar charge with the EEOC claiming Walmart had discriminated against her because of her pregnancy as well. Additionally, both charges filed by the plaintiffs contained facts of retaliation by Walmart.
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