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Trypanophobia as an ADA cause of action – New York federal jury awards pharmacist $2.6 million after being fired for refusal to administer injections in spite of his claim of a morbid fear of needles
The plaintiff, a former Eckerd Pharmacy employee, became employed by Rite Aid in 2007 when that firm purchased former Eckerd stores in the Utica, New York area. After New York extended the scope of practice to provision of immunizations, pharmacists were informed they would be required to become trained as immunizers. In 2011, plaintiff provided documentation to his supervisors from a physician that he suffers from trypanophobia, or fear of needles, and requested an accommodation related to the availability of immunizations in several nearby Rite Aid pharmacies.