From Huff Po: As Walmart workers across the country participate in the company’s first-ever retail worker strike, one former employee’s dispute with the big box store comes to a close.
Meredith Boucher, a former Walmart assistant manager in Canada, was awarded $1.49 million after suing for mistreatment in the workplace, the Calgary Herald reported. Boucher said she was the victim of verbal abuse for six months by her store manager in Winsor, Ontario three years ago.
“I didn’t eat. I was losing weight. I was throwing up blood. I was sick to my stomach all the time,” Boucher told the Windsor Star.
Boucher said her manager referred to her as “a gong show” and “stupid” and said she saw the store manager commit abuses to other female employees as well, the Windsor Star reported.
A lawyer for Walmart said the court's decision was "perverse" and that they would be seeking appeal, according to the Calgary Herald.
In California, five women are suing Walmart for gender discrimination. The women take an alternate plan of action after the Supreme Court dismissed a class action lawsuit against Walmart by 1.5 million female employees -- the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history.
Walmart has also been accused of religious discrimination. This June, the world's largest private employer agreed to pay $70,000 to a Mormon employee after the store threatened to fire him for observing the Sabbath.