Wal-Mart Worker Gets $5.5M Verdict In Retaliation Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (March 9, 2017, 11:20 PM EST) -- A Connecticut federal jury on Wednesday found that Wal-Mart retaliated against an employee after he complained about race discrimination and awarded punitive and noneconomic damages of $5.5 million, a figure the worker’s attorney estimates is a record in the state.

An eight-person jury rejected Michael Barham’s claim that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had discriminated against him when it fired him in April 2010 as part of a downsizing but agreed that, when he later tried a dozen times to apply for newly created positions that were the same he’d been laid off from, the company retaliated against him for complaining about alleged...

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