Woman claims she was fired from Wal-Mart for slip-and-fall testimony

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 9, 2007, 5:50am

A former Wal-Mart employee, Andi Bailey, believes her testimony in a slip-and-fall case led to her termination. She is now seeking $1 million in damages from her former employer.

As a witness in a personal injury case against Wal-Mart, Bailey alleges she was told to lie under oath and commit perjury. Bailey claims she called Wal-Mart maintenance about a substance on the floor, but before they could respond, someone slipped and became injured.

According to the lawsuit, Wal-Mart's attorney told Bailey to say she did not call maintenance before the incident.

Calling in sick on May 11 and May 14 because her child was ill, Bailey states she was given permission to miss work. When she returned to work 10 days later, she was fired. The complaint states Bailey was terminated for missing work without permission.

Andi Bailey believes she was fired for telling the truth.

She seeks damages in excess of $1 million for lost wages, mental anguish, embarrassment and humiliation.

The wrongful termination suit was brought against her former employer of four years, Wal-Mart, on July 31 in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.

Plaintiff is represented by Charles Clark of Tyler.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward will preside.

Wal-Mart has not responded to the allegations.

Case No: 2:07cv316

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