Ex-Walmart employee awarded $1.4 million for harassment by manager

Canada.com reports a jury on Wednesday awarded a former Walmart assistant manager $1.46 million — more than she had requested — for six months of mistreatment she suffered at the hands of a Windsor store manager three years ago.

A Walmart lawyer, meanwhile, reportedly called the award “perverse” and said outside court that he believes it will be overturned on appeal.

Meredith Boucher, 42, successfully argued that she was subject to profane and insulting mental abuse from May to November 2009 from Jason Pinnock, 32, then the manager of the east-side Walmart store, including being called “a (expletive) idiot” and being made to count skids in front of others to prove she could count.

The jury of three men and three women, who decided that Boucher was constructively dismissed — in other words, forced out through abusive treatment — awarded her: from Walmart, $200,000 for intentional infliction of mental suffering, $1 million for punitive damages, and $10,000 for assault; and from Pinnock, $100,000 for intentional infliction of mental suffering, and $150,000 for punitive damages. She received nothing for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination.

 

Read the full article at canada.com.

Hat tip: Stewart Rudner