The estate of a former employee at a Placerville Wal-Mart store, now dead from a heart attack, has received $40,000 in settlement of a lawsuit over the store manager's refusal to accommodate the employee's weak heart.
David Gallo suffered from atrial fibrillation, an ailment that causes an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and loss of leg strength, stated the suit, filed in Sacramento federal court on Gallo's behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The store manager stripped Gallo of his legal right to park near the store and fired him when he complained, the suit alleged. The manager's actions violated Gallo's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it further alleged.