AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in a lawsuit that Walmart violated federal standards when it didn’t reassign a long-term Maine worker to a new location after she became disabled while working at its Augusta store.
The commission says in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that Walmart employee Veronica Resendez developed a disability that left her unable to work in her position as a sales associate in Augusta.
It says Walmart only searched for a new position for Resendez at the Augusta store when there were vacant fitting room positions she could have filled at a Waterville store a half hour away. She never worked for Walmart again.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities, including via reassignment.
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A Walmart spokesman declined to comment.