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Court rules in favor of Menard in discrimination case

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling involving home improvement store Menard Inc.

The court says the store  does not have to reinstate a female executive who was fired after complaining about her pay.

The court ruled 4-3 Wednesday that the company does not have to follow an arbitration panel's decision ordering Menard to rehire Dawn Sands as its general counsel even though she did not seek that remedy.

Sands was awarded $1.4 million in back pay and punitive damages by the panel, which found she was paid less than male employees and fired in 2006 after she complained.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower court to determine how much money she is due.

Menard is based in Eau Claire.

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