A San Francisco Superior Court jury has ordered Aetna Inc. to pay $1.2 million to an employee who was fired after she refused to sign a noncompete agreement.

The unanimous jury last week awarded former Aetna account representative Anita Walia $180,000 in compensatory damages and $1,080,000 in punitive damages after finding that she was wrongfully terminated from the Connecticut-based health benefits company.

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