Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chicago lawyers enter appearance as attorneys for Wal-Mart in work comp lawsuit

Norma W. Zeitler and Jennifer Cervin of the Chicago law firm Barnes & Thornburg have entered their appearance as attorneys for defendant Wal-Mart on Dec. 27.

Wal-Mart is being sued in Madison County after a Glen Carbon woman claims she was fired from in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim.

Rachel Madden also named as defendants her former supervisors Tom Archer, Judy McDonald and Shawn Davidson, in the suit filed Nov. 15.

Defendants Archer, McDonald and Davidson filed for an extension of time to answer the complaint on Dec. 19.

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, who says she was fired from her job in November 2009, claims her supervisors, Archer, McDonald and Davidson, falsely accused her of poor customer service and used that 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.

Madden accuses Wal-Mart and her supervisors of wrongful termination and asks for more than $50,000 in damages for lost wages and benefits plus court costs.

Michael Brunton represents Madden.

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

By Christina Stueve

Source: Madison County Record

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