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									  Female Wal-Mart Pharmacist Wins Record $2 Million Verdict for
        Insisting That She Be Paid Equal To Male Colleagues
     Jury Did Not Believe Retail Giant’s Excuse for Termination
 Case Draws Parallels to Duke National Gender Class Action Lawsuit

June 20, 2007                                 CONTACT: Aubrey Haznar
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Pittsfield, MA – In what is believed to be the largest discrimination verdict in
Massachusetts this year, a veteran Wal-Mart Pharmacist was awarded a $2
million verdict after insisting that she be paid the same as her male colleagues.
The Berkshire County Superior Court Jury found that the retail giant failed to pay
Cynthia Haddad, R.Ph. of Pittsfield the same as it paid her male colleagues, and
then wrongly terminated her when it selectively enforced policies against her
that it did not enforce against male pharmacists. The jury concluded that
pharmacist Haddad was discriminated against in both wages and the terms of
her employment because of her gender.

“I was fired after ten years of exemplary performance. I served as an acting
manager of the pharmacy for thirteen months, but was not paid the same as
my male colleagues. When I inquired about this disparity, they finally paid me
only part of what I was owed. Five days later I was escorted out the door based
on trumped up charges,” Ms. Haddad said following Tuesday’s verdict. “The
District Manager who fired me is not a pharmacist and had only been on the job
for two weeks. He was just taking orders from Arkansas after I insisted on being
paid the wages and bonus paid to male pharmacy managers.”

“The evidence offered by the retail giant was a complete smokescreen. The
jury saw through Wal-Mart’s lies,” said Attorney Richard Fradette of Beliveau,
Fradette, Doyle & Gallant, P. A. in Manchester, NH, co-counsel in the case and
himself a pharmacist. “In the 23 years that I have been a pharmacist and
attorney, Cindy had one of the best employee records I have ever seen. She
did everything by the book,” he said. “This is a huge victory for female
pharmacists. It is a victory for ALL pharmacists in that it proves a jury will listen
and respond to a BIG BOX retailer mistreating a professional employee. This is a
good day for the professional employee pharmacist!” Fradette declared.
-2- Haddad v. Wal-Mart

During the two-week trial, Wal-Mart alleged Ms. Haddad was terminated
because she left the pharmacy unsupervised and allowed a pharmacy
technician to fill a Prevacid prescription some 18 months prior to termination.

The Berkshire County jury of four men and eight women found in favor of
Haddad and were persuaded by her legal team on every count including two
claims of gender discrimination: disparity in the payment of wages and
improper termination of employment. The jury awarded almost $1 million in
compensatory damages and another $1 million in damages as punishment for
the discriminatory termination. It is unknown whether the Arkansas based
corporation will appeal the verdict.

The case draws parallels to with the Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc. sexual discrimination
lawsuit, and the largest civil rights class action suit in United States history. In the
Dukes case, an $11 billion claim, Wal-Mart is charged with discriminating against
women in promotions, pay, and job assignments in violation of Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. Some of the estimated 1.6 million current and former
employees nationwide are taking part in the lawsuit some litigants work or
worked at Wal-Marts and Sam’s Clubs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“This verdict sends a very strong wake up call from the Berkshires to Bentonville.
Wal-Mart cannot flagrantly discriminate against women by paying them less
and treating them differently, and expect that their behavior will go
unchallenged” said Attorney David Belfort of Corrigan, Bennett, & Belfort, PC of
Cambridge, Massachusetts, who co-counseled the plaintiff’s case. “If Wal-Mart
is shown to engage in the same discriminatory conduct on a wide spread scale
as it did in our case, the national class action may have tremendous potential”
Attorney Belfort added.

Ms. Haddad's verdict is the largest discrimination verdict that has been reported
in 2007 to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a legal publication which tracks all
large verdicts and settlements. While Berkshire County is not immune from large
jury verdicts, verdicts in the western part of the state tend to be smaller than
those in the Boston area, and it is very rare to see a verdict of nearly $2 million in
Berkshire County, according to editors at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.**
**For legal background and analysis from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, contact Senior Editor
David Frank at 617-218-8304.
Berkshire Eagle Story inaccurate reports the medication that caused the termination was Plavix.
Prevacaid, which Wal-Mart alleges was inaccurately filled and the jury did not believe is an acid
reflux drug:

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