Former Wal-Mart employee claims company refused to pay health insurance

Steve Gonzalez May 30, 2007, 8:00am

A former Wal-Mart employee filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court May 29, alleging Wal-Mart wrongfully refused to pay her health insurance benefits.

Donna Clendenny claims she was hired at Wal-Mart in November 2001 and was discharged in January 2004.

She claims that while employed she validly executed a leave of absence for medical reasons unrelated to her employment causing Wal-Mart to terminate her employment.

Clendenny also claims as part of her employment she was entitled to shares of stock which she accumulated over time.

According to Clendenny, she accumulated over 800 shares of stock and Wal-Mart told her that those shares were forfeited.

"(Wal-Mart's) conduct is wrongful and without cause," the complaint states.

Clendenny claims she has suffered both economic and non-economic damages and seeks damages in excess of $200,000, plus costs and attorney fees.

She is represented by Jeffrey Weishaupt of East Alton.

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