Menard Inc., former executive reach legal settlement

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Menard Inc. and a former executive have reached a settlement in that woman's discrimination lawsuit, according to court records and lawyers.

It means there won't be a lengthy civil trial between the company and Dawn Sands, who worked as a spokesperson and general counsel for the company starting in 1999. Court records show that she worked for the company for six years. Sands claimed she was paid much less than comparable male employees, and that after she repeatedly asked for a raise she was fired. An arbitration panel awarded her $1,700,000 and ordered her reinstated. The company refused to reinstate Sands, so she filed a civil lawsuit.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court later ruled Sands shouldn't be rehired because of a potentially hostile working environment. The most recent trial focused on compensation for not being rehired. A current Menard Inc. spokesman declined to comment on the settlement.

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