Caltrans Worker Wins Discrimination Suit

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 9, 2006

The plaintiff in the case – Deborah Sattler – is confined to a wheelchair. She worked at the Caltrans office at 30th Street and Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento. Sattler says she fell several times in her workplace restroom because Caltrans never installed a handrail. And the jury decided that Caltrans was at fault.

Sattler’s attorney says employers should take note. "Well a verdict of this size hopefully does send a message to employers." 

Attorney Kelley Stimpel Martinez says it would’ve cost Caltrans less than $30 to install a handrail. 

"Accommodation if it’s reasonable is not difficult. Employers really need to pay attention that these laws are there for a reason and should not be ignored."

Caltans officials say they made reasonable accommodations and are thinking about appealing the verdict.