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Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Walmart

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a sexual harassment, disability discrimination, and retaliation lawsuit against Walmart.

According to the EEOC, Walmart subjected a female developmentally disabled employee to a sexually hostile work environment by failing to take action to stop the sexual harassment of the employee by a male coworker.

Jamie Wells, who worked at the Walmart store in Akron, Ohio from April 2005 until January 2011, claims that a coworker repeatedly sexually harassed her and that store management knew about the harassment but did not try to stop it.

The EEOC alleges that Wells was fired in retaliation three weeks after complaining about the sexually hostile work environment.

EEOC attorney Debra Lawrence said, “Ms. Wells’ impairment made her particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment. Once this Walmart was put on notice of the harassment, it had a legal responsibility to take immediate and appropriate action to stop the misconduct. When an employer fails to do so, the EEOC must and will hold that employer accountable.”

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