Wal-Mart supervisors answer retaliatory discharge suit

Christina Stueve May 31, 2012, 3:14am



Wal-Mart supervisors have answered a former employee's retaliatory discharge suit in Madison County Circuit Court.

Rachel Madden of Glen Carbon sued the store and former supervisors Tom Archer, Judy McDonald and Shawn Davidson last November, claiming she was fired in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim.

Madden was working at the Glen Carbon Wal-Mart 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.

Madden says she was falsely accused of poor customer service as the basis for her firing.

She alleges those were false complaints made to keep the company from having to pay her work comp claim.

Davidson, Archer and McDonald answered Madden's complaint May 25, stating she has no right to damages, because the actions with respect to the plaintiff were taken for legitimate reasons.

Archer stated that as an assistant manager, he was the one who informed Madden of the termination of her employment.

McDoanld denied she was Madden's supervisor. She also denies terminating Madden's employment.

Madden is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for lost wages and benefits plus court costs.

Michael Brunton represents Madden.

Norma W. Zeitler and Jennifer Cervin of the Chicago law firm Barnes & Thornburg represent the defense.

Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian is assigned to the case.

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

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