Former Wal-Mart shift manager sues over discrimination allegations
HARRISBURG – An ex-shift manager at Wal-Mart's Chamberburg store is suing the retail giant claiming she was terminated because of her disabilities.
Rebecca Wolfinger filed a lawsuit Dec. 22 against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Court alleging a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Wolfinger, who according to the lawsuit was required to work seven days a week at Wal-Mart's Chamberburg store, alleges she was told by the store's manager approximately two weeks prior to her termination to choose between her career and her children. She claims that male employees, who worked in similar positions, were not required to work many of the duties she did. The suit states she was terminated on Feb. 24, 2012, allegedly because of sales of Pampered Chef products and her refusal to participate in an investigation regarding it.
According to the lawsuit, Wolfinger suffers from depression, anxiety and panic attacks. During a meeting about Pampered Chef with her supervisors, the suit states, she experienced symptoms of a panic attack and took her prescribed medication.
Wolfinger seeks damages for front and back pay, reinstatement and attorney's fees and court costs. She is represented by attorney Gregory G. Paul of Morgan & Paul PLLC of Sewickley.
Gregory G. Paul is a trial lawyer who practices in the areas of disability, employment and toxic tort injury law. He is admitted to practice law in California, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia with additional admissions in federal courts nationwide. Greg is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento where he was on the Dean's List and Law Review. He is a graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College.
In addition to litigating cases on behalf of people denied benefits and rights, Greg has been a speaker at PBI: Employment Law West: Americans With Disabilities Act , Pittsburgh, PA (2012-2015); National Employment Lawyers Association: Breaking Down the Barriers in the Workplace, Oakland, CA (2010); NBI: Litigating ERISA Cases, Pittsburgh, PA (2008); ADA: Fighting for Fairness, Atlanta, GA (2006) and Chicago, IL (2008).
He is a member of American Association for Justice, National Employment Law Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Greg is the Vice-Chair of the National Legal Advocacy Committee for the American Diabetes Association and recipient of the ADA 2008 National Service Award for Outstanding Advocacy.
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