FARMINGTON -- Six former Walmart employees, including three who were fired from the Layton store, filed a lawsuit Friday against their former employer.
The lawsuit was mailed to the 2nd District Court on Wednesday and arrived there Thursday. The lawsuit was officially filed Friday.
Shawn Ray, Gabriel Stewart and Lori Poulsen feel they were wrongfully terminated after disarming a gunman in their store.
James Dallin is a former manager at the Cedar Hills store, while Derek Holt and Eric Hunter worked at the store in West Valley.
The three have similar experiences. Dallin said he had to protect a co-worker in a domestic violence incident, and Holt and Hunter struggled with a woman who had a knife.
Walmart defended the Layton firings, saying the employees violated store policy by dealing inappropriately with a shoplifter. Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter says company policy prohibits workers from confronting people who have a weapon. Justin Richins also was fired from the Layton store with Ray, Stewart and Poulsen. However, Richins is not listed as a plaintiff. Attorney Lorraine Brown said the lawsuit seeks compensation for the loss of career positions, emotional distress and humiliation. The lawsuit also claims their constitutional right to self-defense was violated.
Most of the people have not been able to find new employment since being fired.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.