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Walmart faces sexual harassment suit from woman with disability


walmart-2On behalf of Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A. posted in Sexual Harassment on Friday, April 12, 2013.Walmart is facing a sexual harassment, disability bias and retaliation lawsuit in the Midwest.

The lawsuit is on behalf of a developmentally disabled woman who says that she was fired about three weeks after complaining about being sexually harassed by a male co-worker at the Walmart store.

The woman worked for Walmart for about 11 years in the lawn and garden department. For a good portion of her time at the store, she says that she was the victim of a hostile workplace. For nearly six years she says a co-worker repeatedly harassed her, including engaging in physical unwanted touching. She says that management at the store was aware that she was being groped by the male co-worker, but nothing was ever done to eliminate the hostile work environment.

The developmentally disabled woman complained at some point about the offensive conduct of her male co-worker, only to find three weeks later that she was out of a job, according to her federal workplace harassment and discrimination lawsuit.

A regional lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that the woman disability “made her particularly vulnerable.” The issue is now in federal court as the woman seeks justice for the abuse she endured.

Although the EEOC lawyer says that the woman’s mental impairment made her particularly vulnerable, it is important to note that any worker is entitled to be free from unwanted harassment in the workplace. The woman’s vulnerability is an egregious aspect of the particular allegations, but the sexual harassment in the workplace can have deleterious effects upon any victim of such unlawful conduct.

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