Melinda Allen of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit against Walmart Inc. in August 2017, alleging the company wrongfully fired her as a result of disability discrimination and retaliation. Our own McMath Woods attorney John Coulter is representing the plaintiff. The longtime ex-employee is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as either reinstatement or lost-earning pay for the discrimination she was subjected to.
In 2012, the plaintiff was promoted to Director of ADA and Immigration Compliance. Her medical conditions required that she miss work once every two months to receive treatment. In response, she noticed her then-supervisor began scheduling meetings on her treatment days and making disparaging comments about her work performance in conjunction with her medical condition. She was also disciplined after taking an approved six-week medical leave.
After enduring this behavior, the plaintiff filed a complaint with the company’s ethics department, and later contacted the company’s corporate secretary. The employees the complaints were filed against are no longer employed at Walmart.
The situation escalated in June 2017, when the plaintiff took approved medical leave for a scheduled surgery. When she returned to work everything was fine for a few weeks. In August, however, on the first day she and her supervisor had worked together since before her surgery, she was terminated. The circumstances of the termination seemed to warrant further investigation.
In addition to receiving representation with our law firm, the plaintiff has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A spokesperson from Walmart has denied the plaintiff’s allegations and claims she was terminated because there was a department restructuring.
We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with discrimination in the workplace. There is never an excuse for it, and negligent employers should be held accountable for the actions. This is why our Little Rock employment lawyers will do whatever it takes to ensure wronged employees receive the justice they deserve. If you’re looking to file a claim against your employer or simply have questions about Arkansas’ labor laws, contact our office today.