or “don’t you read the news”?
Former Wal-Mart executive Julie Roehm’s personal e-mails has become a central piece of evidence in her vicious legal battle with the retail behemoth.
After Wal-Mart fired the 36-year-old advertising chief in December, she sued the company, claiming that it refused to pay her severance and failed to return personal belongings that she had left behind in her old office.
Last week Wal-Mart got its revenge, going public with allegations that Roehm romanced a subordinate, which violates company policy. The company started investigating her relationship with Vice President Sean Womack after one of Roehm’s staffers complained about it, said a spokeswoman for the company.
Wal-Mart’s evidence included a personal e-mail between the two co-workers that Roehm claims was exchanged outside of the company’s e-mail servers. In general, e-mails exchanged over office computers are considered company property, but those sent through employees’ personal computers are deemed private.
So, how did Wal-Mart get its hands on the incriminating message?
Womack’s estranged wife reportedly gave it to the retailer last week, after one of the company’s lawyers contacted her.
And what prompted the wife, Shelley Womack, to hand over the e-mail? The Wal-Mart attorney apparently made small talk with her about how they both attend services at the same church and mentioned that her husband still hadn’t received a $200,000 bonus, according to New York magazine.
Freaking $200,000! I wonder how much of it was earned by screwing these 2,000,000 women:
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The biggest sexual discrimination case in U.S. history advanced against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Tuesday when a top court ruled that more than a million women could join a suit charging bias in pay and promotions.
The plaintiffs estimate they could win billions of dollars in lost pay and damages and that as many as two million women who have worked for Wal-Mart in its U.S. stores since 1998 could join a class-action lawsuit.
“It is time for Wal-Mart to face the music,” Brad Seligman, a lawyer for The Impact Fund, a nonprofit group in Berkeley, California representing the female plaintiffs, told reporters.
Maybe Julie should help Wakeup Walmart!