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• The Boston Globe this morning reports that the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court restored a verdict against Walmart in a case that charged the retail giant with firing Cynthia Haddad, a female pharmacist who complained about not being paid as much as male colleagues.

Haddad will get $700,000 in future wages lost and $1 million in punitive damages. After Walmart lost the original jury trial, a judge threw out half the punitive damages award and Walmart appealed the jury finding.

“Wal-Mart has strong equal employment policies and we foster female leadership,’’ said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Michelle Bradford tells the Globe. “We’re disappointed by the ruling.’’
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