A lawsuit has been filed against Wal-Mart for the way the company fired a long-time female employee who is developmentally disabled.
The garden section employee was allegedly allowed to be sexually harassed by a male co-worker. This harassment included intimate touching, occurred during work hours on the store’s premises, and was allowed to continue for more than five years.
The lawsuit asserts that the company knew how this woman was being treated and made no effort to help her, punish the harasser, or stop the abuse. Instead, when the woman finally complained to her supervisors, she was promptly fired from her job, which she had held for 11 years.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the government entity that is responsible for enforcing employment discrimination laws.