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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 24-year Rite-Aid employee fired in 2007 received $8.2 million in punitive and compensatory damages for what Los Angeles jurors ruled was disability discrimination and retaliation.

After the punitive damages were awarded Tuesday, 45-year-old Maria C. Martinez of Covina told City News Service the results were social justice.

The defense claimed Martinez had a poor work history with several bosses.

Her attorney countered that after she took some disability leaves because of a psychiatric illness, she was called names like “basket case,” “bipolar” and “crazy.” She was also transferred from store to store. 

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Comments (10)
  1. Karen says:

    How phony–another sue happy leech.

  2. Peter says:

    I agree with Karen.

  3. Alan says:

    Im with Peter and Karen…i hope she chokes on it..

  4. Kevin B says:

    $.8.2 MILLION…. Are you freaking kidding me…

    We, as consumers will end up paying the bill for another bogus lawsuit…

  5. Richard L says:

    The story above definitely leaves out the whole truth. This will be appealed. This will not stand.

  6. Deter says:

    What a joke! Another lucky winner of the litigation lottery.

  7. Lashawn says:

    I think they got what the y deserve you don’t work for a company that long then just come up with some bull i feel like she was VERY LEGIT with her claim and i don’t like the sue happy people either

  8. Margaret says:

    Harassment is what it is and so is discrimination and retaliation. Apprently these comments come from people who have never worked in the Mental Health field. I guess irgnorance is bliss.

  9. ARTHUR says:

    you are so right Margret!!

  10. JP says:

    Margaret: Actually, ignorance is just ignorance. I feel sorry for them. Mental illness is no joke. I only saw this because I own shares in this company. Apparently, they are unable to manage on the store level just as they are unable to manage on the corporate level.

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