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LA CROSSE , Sure. (WKBT) – A La Crosse man who has cerebral palsy is hoping his disability doesn't cost him his job at the south side Walmart.
Company recently announced they were going to change the job requirements for his position which has
If you shop at the Walmart on La Crosse's side later, chances are you've seen Kevin Pavek greet you with a smile at the door.
enjoy my co-workers and the customers that come in, "said Kevin.
He has been a Walmart greeter for about four years now, 2.5 of those in La Crosse. He's a favorite among his co-workers and a lot of customers. His mom can attest
"Everybody absolutely loves Kevin," said his mom Tes Schroeder.
And although he has cerebral palsy, it doesn't stop him from doing a job he loves. But Kevin is worried that he might be coming to an end soon.
"The La Crosse Walmart is one of thousands of stores."
across the country changing the job responsibilities of its greeters who will soon be known as customer hosts.
Some of the requirements of the new role include being able to lift 25 lbs. and stand for your entire shift. Kevin says that's not possible for him.
"It's too much for me, yes, I can lift things, my current lifting restriction is 20 lbs, but needs to be able to physically get around is just too much," said Kevin . "I can do so much more than I get credit for."
We reached out to Walmart and we provided us with this statement:
will need to adjust roles from time to time. We have recently shared our plans to change the responsibilities of people greets role in some stores and that involves associates with disabilities in some cases. We recognize that our associates with disabilities with physical limitations face a unique situation. With that in mind, we will extend the current 60-day transition period for associates with disabilities while we explore the circumstances and potential accommodations, for each individual, that can be made within each store. This allows associates to continue their employment at the store as valued members of the team while we seek an acceptable, customized solution for all of those involved. "
Kevin hopes new doors will open for him from this situation, but for now he waits in limbo.
"I'm in school right now, I've got bills to pay too, I can't go without a job." For Kevin, it's a battle for everywhere in the United States where there's a Walmart and Sam's Club. I'm not going to give up, I'm going to fight the fight. "
Kevin says while he would like to remain a greeter, he understands how positions can change so he is willing to take another job large, however, as of now he has been appointed by management there are no other open positions to fit his needs right now. we are looking for in legal options in case he isn't offered another job within the store
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