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Hobby Lobby to pay for asking disabled worker to climb ladder

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A nationwide hobby and gift store chain will pay $35,000 into a supplemental needs trust account for Julie Tufts, a former employee of the Hobby Lobby store in Rochester.

Three years ago, Tufts was climbing a ladder at the store when she injured her ankle. It didn’t heal well, and Tufts began having to use a wheelchair. But her bosses said she couldn’t work from a wheelchair—because she had to be able to climb ladders.

Rather than negotiate any type of accommodation, the managers simply refused to allow her to come to work as long as she needed the wheelchair.

Tufts sued, alleging Hobby Lobby violated the ADA by refusing to seek an accommodation.

Now Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma with stores in 35 states, has agreed to settle—and train its supervisors about the ADA.

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