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Court sides with Menards in discrimination case


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court says improvement chain Menards Inc. 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 Menards 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.

Menards is based in Eau Claire.

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