Wal-Mart Dodges Pharmacist's ADA Class Action

Law360, Los Angeles (March 4, 2014, 10:08 PM EST) -- A Washington state federal judge on Tuesday tossed a putative class action accusing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of discriminating against recovering drug addicts in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, agreeing with the retail giant that the plaintiff wasn't fired on the basis of his addiction but rather because he had broken the law.

U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton dismissed James H. Bryan's suit with prejudice, rejecting Bryan's argument that, under the ADA, a person's addiction effectively "trumps" addiction-related misconduct. Bryan sued Wal-Mart over its...
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