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$7.5m settlement gets approval in Wal-Mart case.

BOSTON--A $7.5 million class-action settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and a former employee who challenged the retail chain's lack of health insurance benefits for her same-sex spouse was approved by a federal judge last week.

The settlement will pay for claims by current and former Wal-Mart employees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who they were unable to obtain health insurance for their same-sex spouses from 2011 to 2013. About 380 claims have been submitted. U.S. District Judge William Young approved the settlement.

The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by Jacqueline Cote, a Wal-Mart employee from Massachusetts who said the company denied medical insurance for her wife. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. began offering benefits for same-sex spouses in 2014.

--The Associated Press

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Title Annotation:Retail
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:May 22, 2017
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