Walmart Worker Wins $1.5 Million for Verbal Abuse by Boss

Posted October 26, 2012 in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by

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As Walmart employees stage their first retail-worker strike across the country, a 42-year-old former assistant manager has won a $1.5 million lawsuit for being mistreated by a store manager.

Meredith Boucher claimed she was verbally abused for six months between May and November 2009 when she worked as an assistant manager of a Walmart in Canada.

Boucher’s lawsuit accused store manager Jason Pinnock, 32, of calling her a “[expletive] idiot,” a “gong show” and “stupid” and that he made her count items in front of others to prove she could count.

“I didn’t eat. I was losing weight. I was throwing up blood, I was sick to my stomach all the time,” Boucher said.

The jury awarded her more than she originally sued for.

In California, five female Walmart employees are suing for gender discrimination individually, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a class action lawsuit brought by 1.5 million female employees against Walmart – the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in history.

Currently, employees are striking against Walmart’s attempts to “silence, retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job,” and are threatening to walk out on Black Friday, which is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Boucher’s attorney, Myron Shulgan of Shulgan, Martini & Marusic, said he was happy for his client.

“She championed the cause for workers and indicated that corporations will be made to respond to improper treatment of employees,” Shulgan said.

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