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    Walmart pharmacist’s award slashed by $14 million

    A federal judge has significantly reduced the amount a jury recently ordered Walmart to pay a pharmacist who claimed she was wrongfully terminated.

    In January, a New Hampshire jury ordered Walmart to pay $31.2 million to Maureen McPadden, who alleged she was fired after complaining about safety conditions and because of her gender.

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    That award included $15 million in punitive damages, $15 million in compensation for unlawful discrimination based on gender, and $750,000 in back pay.

    Walmart immediately sought post-trial relief, in a bid to have the award reduced and the verdict set aside. The company took particular issue with the $15 million award for punitive damages, arguing that the amount by law is capped at $300,000.

    Apparently U.S. District Court Judge Steven J. McAuliffe agreed. He issued a subsequent judgment that reduced the punitive damages from $15 million to $300,000.

    Rick Fradette, RPh, MPH, one of McPadden’s attorneys, said the award reflects the jury’s assessment that his client was a well-qualified and conscientious employee who was targeted for dismissal after complaining about the consequences of inadequate staffing.

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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