Thursday, June 21, 2007

Jury orders $2M award

Here's a disturbing article of gender discrimination and corporate bullying in the pharmacy workplace. It's not a Canadian story, but it's definitely relevant to pharmacy.

From the Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle:
A Berkshire Superior Court jury yesterday concluded that Wal-Mart had discriminated against a female pharmacist, paying her less than her male colleagues and firing her when she complained.

The jury awarded Cynthia Haddad almost $2 million as compensation for lost and future wages and to punish Wal-Mart's behavior. The verdict followed roughly eight hours of deliberations that capped a two-week trial.

"It sends a message that you can't treat people poorly because of who they are," said David Belfort, one of Haddad's attorneys. "The verdict makes it clear that the jury felt that not only was there misconduct, but it ought to be punished." ...more

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