Randy Cosby, a former manager for AutoZone Inc. who managed around 10 stores in the Sacramento area, was awarded $1.5 million in damages for being wrongfully terminated because of an illness that he contracted. The jury found that AutoZone failed to make reasonable accomododations for Cosby’s illness and that it had violated California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.
In 2005, Cosby became seriously ill and was eventually diagnosed with a sleep disorder. After being treated for this disorder, Cosby could not drive for a month and was placed on leave. Despite Cosby’s offers to have his wife or a subordinate drive him on work related trips, his supervisor, Jim Kulbacki rejected these options and then fired Cosby.
Kulbacki is now an outside sales manager at a NAPA Auto Parts office in Sacramento.