A federal judge in Boston has approved a $7.5 million class-action settlement between Walmart and a former employee who challenged the retail chain’s lack of health insurance benefits for her same-sex spouse.

The settlement would pay for claims by current and former Walmart employees in the United States and Puerto Rico that they were unable to obtain health insurance for their same-sex spouses from 2011 to 2013. About 380 people have submitted claims.

Read: Lawsuit accuses Walmart of denying benefits to same-sex spouses

U.S. District Judge William Young approved the settlement Monday after a brief hearing in federal court in Boston.

The lawsuit was initially filed in 2015 by Jacqueline Cote, an employee at a Massachusetts Walmart. The suit said the Bentonville, Arkansas, company denied medical insurance for her wife. Walmart began offering benefits for same-sex spouses in 2014.

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