A former Wal-Mart employee fired over an alleged conflict of interest has accused the boss of the world’s largest retailer of also accepting favours.
Julie Roehm lost her job as a marketing specialist amid claims that she took gifts from an ad agency that later won a contract, and misused company funds.
Ms Roehm claims that Wal-Mart boss Lee Scott has himself accepted gifts, and taken discounts on boats and diamonds. Wal-Mart said it disputed the claims and called Ms Roehm’s case “weak”.
Ms Roehm was fired from Wal-Mart in December, and has sued the company claiming breach of contract.
Wal-Mart then counter-sued, alleging that she accepted gifts from DraftFCB, an advertising agency she later hired. Ms Roehm was also accused of misusing a company travel fund to finance trips with a subordinate with whom she had become romantically involved.