Wal-Mart & Sexual Harassment

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
In June 2001, seven California women, all former employees of Wal-Mart Inc., filed a lawsuit against the company alleging female workers unfairly receive lower salaries than men and are consistently subjected to sexual harassment. In their complaint, the women claim female employees are wrongly denied promotions, proper training and equal pay and are forced to attend strip clubs with male colleagues on business trips and attend business meetings at Hooters, a predominantly male restaurant.

In April 2003, lawyers arguing Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. No. C-01-2252 MJJ filed a motion for class certification in San Francisco's United States District Court. The motion, which was heard by Judge Martin Jenkins, asked for the inclusion of all females who worked for Wal-Mart retail stores since December 26, 1998. On June 22, 2004 Judge Jenkins approved class action status for the lawsuit. Analysts estimate that the class action suit encompasses over 1.6 million women.

Wal-Mart is the nation's largest company, with over 3,400 stores nationwide. The company has over $200 billion in annual revenue and employs over 1 million workers. If you feel like Wal-Mart discriminated against you, it may be important to contact a lawyer who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Sexual Harassment: Overview
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