U.S. DISTRICT COURT, FORT LAUDERDALE
A deaf employee at a Costco store in Pompano Beach was awarded damages for her claim that the company failed to reasonably accommodate her disability.
Christine D’Onofrio, 48, a stocker at the store, alleged Costco refused to provide sufficient interpreting services for her at meetings. According to D’Onofrio, Costco installed video phones to link her with interpretive services, but the phones did not function properly at larger meetings with multiple conversations. Although the store agreed to provide a live interpreter at large meetings, this was allegedly not done.
Costco insisted it provided a live interpreter for group meetings as needed. The jury awarded D’Onofrio damages of $775,000, including $25,000 in punitive damages.
Case: D’Onofrio v. Costco Wholesale
Case No.: 0:15-cv-62065-WJZ
Plaintiffs attorneys: Evan R. Krakower, Evan R. Krakower P.A., Plantation; and Chad E. Levy, The Law Offices of Levy & Levy, Sunrise
Defense attorneys: Uma Chandrasekaran, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago; Salomon Laguerre and John T. Murray, Seyfarth Shaw, Atlanta; and Jay Thornton, GrayRobinson, Miami