Last month, a jury found that Costco had failed to reasonably accommodate Christine D'Onofrio and awarded her $775,000 in damages, the Miami New Times reports.
Her attorney says she was mostly relieved that Costco was found to be at fault.
"She was fired and lost literally her entire purpose," said D'Onofrio's attorney, Chad Levy. "No spouse or kids. Costco was her life and how she would communicate with the outside world. This is not like a regular person losing a job and moving on. She had nowhere else to go."
D'Onofrio had worked at Costco since 1989. She had no performance complaints and did not request accommodations since she could communicate by reading lips. She had no issues until a new manager was hired in 2012.
That manager would mumble and cover his mouth when he spoke, making lip-reading almost impossible. D'Onofrio asked him to write down what he was saying, but she said he refused.
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