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Like grocery prices, lifting requirements fluctuate

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

Minneapolis-based grocery chain Supervalu faces a lawsuit from a former employee at a distribution center in Pennsylvania.

Long-time employee Terri Wolfinger claims the company changed the lifting requirements in her job description to prevent her from returning to work after she injured her arm. Wol­finger worked as a purchaser. The position had no weight-lifting re­­quirements until she took leave to tend to her injury.

Then, she claims, the company imposed an 81-pound lifting requirement, even though the job involved little to no actual lifting. Wolfinger’s doctor restricted her from lifting anything more than 50 pounds. The company refused to accommodate her and terminated her.

Wolfinger alleges that Supervalu then reduced the lifting requirement to 35 pounds because the person they chose to replace her had a medical lifting restriction.

Wolfinger, who worked for the company from 1979 until last April, seeks damages under the ADA.

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