U.S. Sues Walmart For Illegally Firing Employee With Crohn’s Disease

Joel Eisenberg

The firing, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was discriminatory and illegal.

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Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: Reuters.com and CA.Finance.Yahoo.com.


I write extensively about the Walmart superchain for NewsBreak. Of late, most of my articles have detailed a spate of recently-announced store closures.

This article, however, differs from those pieces as it involves a highly-publicized discrimination lawsuit against the company, as reported earlier this week.

Let us explore.

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According to a report from Reuters via CA.Finance.Yahoo.com, entitled “U.S. Sues Walmart For Firing Deli Worker With Crohn's Disease,” the titular lawsuit followed a specific legal precedent.

As excerpted from the report: Walmart Inc has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which on Tuesday accused the largest U.S. retailer of illegally firing a North Carolina deli worker with Crohn's disease. The EEOC said Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by dismissing Adrian Tucker in April 2017 because her nine "unauthorized" absences in the prior six months, including a hospitalization and a visit to the emergency room, violated its "attendance and punctuality policy."

As of press time, there has been no word as to the former employee’s potential return.

The report went on to state: Crohn's disease is an chronic bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract, and can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss… Tucker was a long-term employee who needed "flexibility" from Walmart because of her debilitating health condition, EEOC lawyer Melinda Dugas said in a statement. "The Americans with Disabilities Act was created to protect employees like [her]."


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, inclusive of progress and official announcements of milestone dates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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