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Jury awards Walmart pharmacist $744K in ADA suit

March 14, 2019 / Katie Clarey

A jury has awarded a former Walmart pharmacist with cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis more than $744,000 in back wages and salaries lost, future wages and salaries lost, and damages after she sued her employer alleging Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations (Lori Jacobs v. Wal-mart Stores, Inc., No. 17-cv-05988 (W.D. Wash. March 6, 2019)). The jury decided Jacobs proved Walmart failed to engage in a good-faith interactive process and that it was able to provide her a reasonable accommodation. Jacobs requested an accommodation because she could not administer vaccines to customers, a duty Walmart added to the list of essential job functions for pharmacists during her employment.