By: PRBuzz
2 Wheelchair-bound Women Claim Target Pharmacist Refused to Give Them Flu Shots
CARLE PLACE, NY  (PRBuzz.com) February 29, 2012 -- A pair of wheelchair-bound Long Island women have filed discrimination complaints charging that the Target store in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville and one of its pharmacists refused to give them flu shots because of their disabilities.

Lisa Panzica and her sister, Laura Chamaidan, both of New Hyde Park, filed the complaints with the State Division of Human Rights. Both women suffer from spinal muscular atrophy.

The complaints, alleging violations of the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, charge that the Target pharmacist on duty on Oct. 9, 2011, Leena Mathew, at first hesitated when the women asked for shots and then explained that there was an abundance of paperwork to be completed and that she was unsure if Medicare would cover their immunizations. In addition, the complaint stated that the women were told they could not have the shots if they were on specific medications or had specific medical conditions.

Mathew, according to the complaint, also told the women that they would have to sit in a special chair with armrests to receive the shot. Despite the women's protests that their wheelchairs had armrests, Mathew told them that it was Target's policy to only administer the injections in a chair behind a privacy screen, the complaint states, adding that Mathew ultimately refused to give them flu shots.

Chamaidan and Panzica said as a result of the pharmacist's actions, they were "subjected to great pain, embarrassment, and humiliation." 

"This is an blatant violation of state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act," said the women's attorney, Lenard Leeds, a partner in the Carle Place law firm Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C.  "Target should make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and those in wheelchairs and, in the case of these, women, it is obvious it did not."

The complaints were filed Feb. 24 in the Hempstead office of the New York State Division of Human Rights.

About Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C.

Based in Carle Place, NY, Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C. is a New York City area law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality guidance and representation to clients with concerns involving a broad range of legal practice areas. Over the last two decades, the firm's attorneys have become widely known and respected -- in New York and across the U.S. -- for their ability to litigate complex legal issues effectively, and for the outstanding results the firm has achieved, particularly in the areas of employment law, civil rights, discrimination and sexual harassment. For more information call 1-800-585 4658 or visit www.lmblaw.com.

Media contact for Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C.: Alan J. Wax of WaxWords Inc. 631-574-4433 or alanjwax@waxwordsinc.com

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