EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 73-year-old Long Island woman has filed a state discrimination lawsuit against Walmart, claiming she was fired because of her age and disability.
Anne Squatrito, a 17-year employee of the retail giant, said she was let go after failing to move a heavy load of goods by herself at the East Setauket store where she worked.
“They just wanted me out,” Squatrito said. “I am devastated.”
Squatrito’s lawyer, Lenard Leeds, said that his client has previously suffered a heart attack was docked for using her breaks to visit her doctor.
Leeds said Walmart was just trying to come with an excuse to get rid of Squatrito, calling the situation “blatant age discrimination.”
However, Walmart paints a different picture of why Squatrito was ultimately let go.
Greg Rossiter, Director of Corporate Communications for Walmart, told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera in a statement that Squatrito “was dismissed for repeatedly failing to observe our time clock policies.”
“We take violations of meal and rest breaks seriously and had addressed this issue with her on various occasions,” Walmart said in the statement.
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