Pharmacist awarded $2 million for wrongful termination

July 2, 2007

A Massachusetts judge ordered Wal-Mart to pay $2 million for wrongfully terminating a pharmacist. Cynthia Haddad was fired by Wal-Mart in April 2004 after asking to be paid the same as her male colleagues.

A Massachusetts judge ordered Wal-Mart to pay $2 million for wrongfully terminating a pharmacist. Cynthia Haddad was fired by Wal-Mart in April 2004 after asking to be paid the same as her male colleagues. Haddad, who had worked at Wal-Mart for 10 years, had also asked for—and received—Wal-Mart's pharmacy manager bonus, because she had performed the duties of a manager. Two weeks later she was fired. While Wal-Mart claimed Haddad was terminated for leaving the pharmacy unattended and allowing a technician to use her computer security code, Haddad insisted that the event happened 18 months before and no male pharmacists had ever been punished for committing the same offense. Haddad received $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

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