A federal judge has sanctioned Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for destroying evidence in a employee discrimination case, ordering as punishment that the jury can presume company supervisors retaliated against a longtime employee who had complained of discrimination by firing him.

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones also directed that Wal-Mart must reimburse attorneys representing former employee Ibrahim Abdulahi $19,980 for their expenses in seeking the sanctions.

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