LAYTON -- Six Utah residents are suing Walmart after being fired for disarming thieves.
KSL TV says three of the former workers stopped a robber with a gun at a store in Layton, Utah in January. The other three disarmed a woman who pulled a knife in a Cedar Hills, Utah, store on December 24, 2010.
Attorney Lorraine Brown says 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.
Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter says company policy prohibits workers from confronting people who have a weapon. It is a common policy to protect workers among retailers.