Glen Carbon Wal-Mart sued on retaliatory discharge claims

Andrea Dearden Nov. 29, 2011, 11:35pm

A Glen Carbon woman claims she was fired from her job at Wal-Mart in retaliation for a workers' compensation claim filed against the company.

Rachel Madden filed a lawsuit Nov. 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart, Madden's former supervisors, Tom Archer, Judy McDonald and Shawn Davidson are also named as defendants.

Madden was working at the Wal-Mart on Junction Drive in May 2008 when she was allegedly injured in two separate incidents, according to the complaint. Madden says she attempted to file a workers' compensation claim against the retail giant to receive compensation for her medical care.

Madden says she was fired from her job in November 2009. Madden claims her supervisors, Archer, McDonald and Davidson, falsely accused her of poor customer service and used that as the basis for her firing. The former employee alleges those were false complaints used only to keep the company from having to pay her workers' comp claims. Madden alleges her termination was a blatant act of retaliation.

Madden accuses Wal-Mart and her supervisors of wrongful termination and asks for more than $200,000 in damages for lost wages and benefits plus court costs.

She is represented by attorney Michael J. Brunton of Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-1217

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