Wal-Mart Sued Over Placement Of Payment Machines

by Angela Nazworth | July 26, 2012 5:47 pm

Wal-Mart Sued Over Placement Of Payment Machines

Big-box retail chain Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT[1]) is heading back to court.

Advocates for disability rights have filed a federal lawsuit against Wal-Mart regarding the placement of the chain’s payment machines, which they say are not wheelchair- and scooter-accessible. The payment machines in question are in more than 200 Walmart stores in California. The plaintiff says the machines put Wal-Mart in violation of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Wal-Mart should be an industry leader, not a defender of discrimination,” Bill Lann Lee, the plaintiff’s attorney, told The Associated Press[2]. “Point-of-sale machines are the wave of the future in American retail. They should be accessible, convenient and secure to use for all customers.”

Wal-Mart has not released an official statement on the actual lawsuit, but a spokesperson told the AP that the chain’s goal is “for every point-of-sale machine be accessible within the regulations of the (Americans with Disabilities Act) and California law.”

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  1. WMT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WMT
  2. The Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WAL_MART_DISABILITY_LAWSUIT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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