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Jane Gagliardo fought a drug company for firing her because of her multiple sclerosis. During her trial, both her attorney & her husband abandoned her, but she persevered and won

Jane Gagliardo's Story

























When Sherry Blackman met Jane Gagliardo at a restaurant in Stroudsburg in 2006, Gagliardo's unassuming physical presence, at 5 feet tall, belied the large role she would play in a landmark court case against a pharmaceutical company for the rights of employees with disabilities.

Blackman was intrigued by the "David and Goliath" dimensions of the story, and wrote a book, "Call to Witness," about the trial.

In addition to Gagliardo's regular duties, the company had demanded that she process large military orders for vaccines and ignored her request to have the work spread out, which would have accommodated her physical limitations. When she made mistakes, despite a dozen-year history of industrious good work, she was fired.
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