An Ontario court has awarded $750,000 in damages to a Walmart Canada executive who was fired without cause in 2010.
Gail Galea was hired by Walmart in 2002. By the time she rose to the position of vice president, general merchandising, she was considered one of the company’s rising stars.
But in 2010 then-president and CEO of Walmart Canada David Cheesewright removed Galea from her role and told her he was considering assigning her to a subsidiary in another country. She was terminated 10 months later.
The judge found Cheesewright’s actions were intended to “dismiss or denigrate” Galea to the point she would leave the company.
Canadian employment lawyer Howard Levitt says the decision “will almost certainly be appealed, and overturned.”