Needle Phobic Pharmacist Wins $2.6M Verdict Against Rite Aid

By Matthew Bultman (January 23, 2015, 7:35 PM EST) -- A New York federal jury on Thursday awarded $2.6 million to a former Rite Aid pharmacist who said the company fired him because a needle phobia prevented him from giving flu vaccination shots.

The jury found that Rite Aid's treatment of Christopher Stevens, who was fired in 2011 after he refused to attend immunization training because he had trypanophobia, ran afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York's Human Rights Act. It awarded Stevens $485,000 in back pay, $1.2 million in front pay and $900,000 in pecuniary damages. The jury also ruled he was not entitled to any punitive damages....

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