By Matthew Boyle via bloomberg.com Article
Walmart Whistle-Blower Claims Cheating in Race With Amazon
“Tri Huynh, a former director of business development at Walmart, claims he was terminated ‘under false pretenses’ after repeatedly raising concerns about the company’s’“overly aggressive push to show meteoric growth in its e-commerce business by any means possible — even, illegitimate ones.’ …
Huynh claims Walmart mislabeled products so that some third-party vendors received lower commissions, failed to process customer returns, and allowed offensive items onto the site.
Huynh’s dismissal in January 2017 — just a day after a retail-industry publication singled him out as one of the sector’s rising stars — was in retaliation for warning senior executives about the misdeeds, he said in the lawsuit, filed Thursday by employment litigation attorney David M. deRubertis in San Francisco federal court. …
Huynh, a native of Vietnam, joined Walmart in 2014 from Amazon. He claims he warned his superiors and the company’s ethics department that if ‘Walmart did not properly address these issues, its failure to do so could have serious long-term implications for its critically important e-commerce business.’ He said he was told to stop raising such concerns, and when he eventually brought them to U.S. e-commerce chief Marc Lore in early 2017, he was ‘abruptly terminated’” ..
Huynh sued accusing Walmart of whistle-blower retaliation in violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, retaliation in violation of California labor code, failure to prevent discrimination, and wrongful termination. He seeks unspecified damages for lost wages and economic losses, special damages and punitive damages.”