Wal Mart pays $2 million

We heard about the November post-Thanksgiving Day sale customer stampede at Wal Mart's Valley Stream store. Customers, including a pregnant woman were injured when a crowd estimated at 2,000 people broke through the Wal Mart doors. A temporary employee, Jdimytai Damour was trapped in the vestibule and died as a result of asphyxiation.

On May 6, Wal-Mart agreed to improve safety at its 92 New York stores, and pay nearly $2 million. This is an arrangement made with the prosecutors, to avoid criminal charges in the trampling death of Damour.

If criminal charges were brought against the retailer in the worker's death, the company would have been subject to only a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Wal Mart has agreed to implement an improved crowd-management plan, for their post-Thanksgiving Day sales. They have also set up a $400,000 victims' compensation and remuneration fund, and will give a $1.5 million grant to Nassau County social services programs and non-profit groups. This agreement included no admission of guilt by Wal Mart. Any victims who accept payment from the Wal Mart compensation fund, will be required to waive their right to a separate civil suit against Wal Mart.

Earlier this year, Damour's family announced plans to sue the retailer, the county and others.

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