Federal Agency Slaps Wal-Mart With Worker Discrimination Charges
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) on Wednesday, alleging that one of its store managers harassed, unfairly treated, and ultimately fired a 54-year-old employee because of his age and illness. According to a press release from the EEOC, David Moorman used to work as a store manager at the Keller Walmart Neighborhood Market in Fort Worth, Texas, under supervisor Teddy Martyniuk.
The EEOC charges in its suit that Moorman suffered frequent taunts from Martyniuk and was called “old man” and “old food guy” on more than one occasion. Though Moorman put up with the poor treatment for months, the EEOC’s release says that he did end up reporting the abuse to Wal-Mart’s human resources department, but because Wal-Mart failed to take any corrective action, the harassment only continued.
The EEOC’s suit also covered Moorman’s poor treatment and eventual discharge on account of his disability. According to the EEOC’s release, Moorman was diagnosed with diabetes in February 2011 and was told by his doctor to take medical leave for nine weeks, according to the EEOC. Moorman ending up taking a leave of absence from February to May 2011.
Upon his return, although he requested reassignment to a store co-manager or assistant manager position, Wal-Mart rejected his request to consider his reassignment, and Moorman was ultimately fired by Martyniuk on July 11, 2011. Now, the EEOC alleges that Martyniuk and Wal-Mart’s conduct showed a direct violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.