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Worker With Hurt Back Wins Against Wal-Mart

(CN) - Wal-Mart discriminated against an injured worker by making her do more physical work after reassigning her to a greeter position, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled.

Linda Keys started working at Wal-Mart in 1996, running cash registers and helping in several other areas of the store.

In 2006, Keys was lifting a bicycle and heard a "pop" in her back.

Her doctor prescribed work limitations, such as not lifting of objects heavier than 20 pounds.

Keys complained that Wal-Mart gave her a position as a greeter that lasted only one shift before she was put back on more strenuous duty.

The Workers' Compensation Board ruled that Keyes was entitled to wage-loss benefits because Wal-Mart did not make her a bona fide employment offer.

Wal-Mart appealed, but the Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld the decision.

"According to the description of the job and Keys' experience working in the precise position being offered, the job was beyond her physical limitations," Chief Judge Larry Vaught wrote for a three-member panel.

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