A jury in California has awarded a former Rite Aid Corp. employee $3.5 million in a discrimination lawsuit filed against the Cumberland County-based pharmacy chain, according to the plaintiff's lawyers.
Palma worked for Rite Aid for 24 years before being diagnosed with "a non-work related serious disability" in late 2010, Shegerian & Associates said. Rite Aid fired her a few months later from her position as store manager.
Palma sued Rite Aid, alleging disability discrimination, retaliation and harassment. Though she was able to perform her job duties, Rite Aid did not attempt to accommodate her disability, she testified.
Rite Aid is the country's third-largest drugstore chain. It is "evaluating our post-trial options," spokeswoman Ashley Flower said.