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Thursday, April 21, 2005
  We have the right to force you to stay in business
TheStar.com - Employees sue Quebec Wal-Mart over closure: "MONTREAL (CP) — An employee at a unionized Wal-Mart store in Saguenay, Que., filed a request today for a class-action suit against Wal-Mart Canada over its planned closure of the store.

Alain Pednault, who will lose his job when the store closes on May 6, is asking for $10,000 in damages for himself and about 180 store employees for stress inflicted since the closure was announced.

He's also asking for another $10,000 for himself and each of the 180 employees in exemplary damages for unlawful closure of the store.

Lawyer Gilles Gareau said the suit alleges the store closing violates the freedom of association guaranteed under the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The claims have yet to be proven in Quebec Superior Court.

'The closing of the store is an event that violates fundamental rights and therefore it entitles those affected to redress for the resulting moral and material damage,' Gareau said in a statement.

In February, after Saguenay employees voted to unionize, the retail giant announced the store would close in May because it is unprofitable."
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