Walmart sues ex-chief tax officer over move to Amazon

US retailing giant Walmart has sued its former chief tax officer for violating her employment contract by defecting to online rival Amazon to become one of its senior tax executives

According to legal papers lodged with the Delaware Chancery Court, Lisa Wadlin, who was Walmart’s senior vice president and top tax executive, wrongfully left the bricks-and-mortar chain last month to move to Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle.

Walmart has invested heavily in its website in recent years, after focusing solely on its physical stores.

The document states that ‘Wadlin’s pursuit of employment with Amazon eviscerates the contractual terms Walmart bargained for’ in her employment agreement, with Walmart saying it was seeking to protect its rights to lawfully restrict ‘senior employee’s ability to work for its direct competitor’.

Wadlin has posted a ‘no comment’ on LinkedIn, while Walmart has said, ‘we take our obligation to protect the company seriously’. Amazon is not named as a defendant in the case.

Report by Pat Sweet

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