A Baltimore City jury has awarded $812,000.00 to a former employee of the Wal Mart in Port Covington. The jury found that Tanika Burroughs, a cashier at the store, was wrongfully accused of conspiring with shoplifters at the store in December of 2007.
Wal Mart had accused Ms. Burroughs of being complicit in a shoplifiting scheme which involved changing the pricing on items which were then presented to her as the cashier for check-out. Ms. Burroughs claimed that she suspected the shoplifing and reported it to her supervisors. She was arrested, and subsequently fired from Wal Mart. Ms. Burroughs sued Wal Mart for false arrest, lander and false light and malicious prosecution. The jury was likely swayed by the video of the incident, which showed everything that occurred during the incident.
The jury awarded $750,000.00 in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages against the individucal and corporate defendants.