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Wal-Mart Settles Suit

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been keeping its lawyers busy this month.<br><br>The world’s largest company said Monday it has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been keeping its lawyers busy this month.

The world’s largest company said Monday it has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The commission said it ordered the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer to pay $220,000 in damages to Jamey Stern and begin comprehensive training regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

The settlement is in lieu of a further trial on punitive damages or money damages to punish the company and deter others from discrimination.

The EEOC originally filed the suit in 1994, alleging the company refused to rehire Stern at its Green Valley, Ariz., store because she told the personnel manager she was pregnant.

Wal-Mart officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

It’s been a busy month, legally speaking, for Wal-Mart. As reported, the giant was found guilty by a federal jury last Thursday for forcing employees to work unpaid overtime between 1994 and 1999. Damages in the Oregon case will be determined after a separate trial next year. Wal-Mart hasn’t decided yet if it will appeal.