Prof Sues Walmart for License That Called Him 'Toilet Cleaner'

Employee filled out fishing license that labeled his profession as 'clean toilets'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2017 12:02 PM CDT
Prof Sues Walmart for License That Called Him 'Toilet Cleaner'
A Montana professor has sued Walmart over a fishing license that listed his job as a toilet cleaner.   (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

A Montana State University professor is suing Walmart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a "toilet cleaner." Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week in Gallatin County District Court. Kalonde is seeking unspecified damages. Walmart spokesman Ragan Dickens told the AP: "To our knowledge an administrative process to resolve this with Dr. Kalonde is ongoing. We've not been served with the lawsuit, but we take the claims seriously and will respond appropriately with the court."

According to the complaint, Kalonde bought a state fishing license in April 2015, showing the Walmart employee identification of his employment at MSU. But the Walmart employee entered "clean toilets" into the state database as Kalonde's occupation. The suit contends Walmart exposed Kalonde to "hatred, contempt, ridicule" through the incident. "In (Kalonde’s) home country of Zambia, the people that do this work are the lowest social class, and are shunned and avoided by society," the suit says, per the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. (Read more Walmart stories.)

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