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Deaf Costco worker won't get award in discrimination case

Photo: Omar Abascal
Photo: Omar Abascal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Deaf former employee of a South Florida Costco store won’t be collecting the $775,000 a federal jury awarded her in a discrimination and wrongful termination case.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to reconsider a judge's decision to overturn the award to Christine D’Onofrio. She had worked for Costco for 24 years and said she never had problems until she got a manager who mumbled.

She asked for written communications but was given a video phone with online interpreting instead.

Managers then complained she yelled into the phone. An appellate court found that Costco's efforts complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.