On February 19, 2018, Walmart sued Sherry Suter for sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation, accusing her of using “socially unacceptable conduct” against the company’s employees.
A settlement was reached on February 23.
Sherry has since filed a countersuit.
Suter has not commented publicly on the lawsuit, which also alleges that Walmart hired her for a few years as a corporate marketing director before she left for the job at a fashion clothing company.
Walmart claims that Sherry “conducted hostile work environments” and “violated her contract and the company culture.”
She was placed on leave in April 2018.
The suit alleges that Suter “continued to harass, assault and threaten” employees who were “critical of her conduct.”
It also alleges “that she intentionally caused injury to a female employee” by “sexualizing the complainant.”
The suit claims that Walmart’s culture “had the effect of allowing her to continue to harass and assault employees.”
The lawsuit does not name the woman who filed the suit, but a spokesperson for the retailer told BuzzFeed News that the complaint was brought by two former Walmart associates.
In its complaint, Walmart’s spokesperson claimed that “the conduct of Ms. Suter was offensive, humiliating, and sexually demeaning.”
In addition, the suit claims “Ms. Sutter claimed that her conduct was necessary to help other employees understand the Walmart culture.”
Sutter said in a statement to BuzzFeed News: “I am devastated that this lawsuit has occurred, and I have been trying to work through my own mental health issues.
I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past few years, and this is a huge blow to me and my family.
Walmart and its associates do not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind.
I feel so ashamed for my behavior, and it has negatively impacted my life.
I am taking the time to heal from this ordeal and look forward to working with my lawyers to put this whole mess behind me.
I can’t wait to get back to work.”