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Walmart Will Pay $440K in National Origin Harassment Settlement

April 20, 2011

Walmart made headlines in California employment news again last week, after the U.S. Equal Employment Commission announced the settlement of a national origin and race harassment lawsuit, filed by the commission on behalf of nine employees of Mexican descent and the spouse of a Mexican national, who worked at a Sam's Club, Walmart's wholesale chain retail store.

According to the EEOC, Walmart will pay $440,000 to settle the lawsuit claiming that Mexican immigrant employees endured derogatory remarks and ethnic slurs by a fellow co-worker who was Mexican-American. The lawsuit claims that the victims had been perpetually harassed with insults about Mexicans since 2005. One comment reportedly claimed that Mexicans were only good for cleaning the harasser's house.

The victims reportedly complained to the management about the hostile work environment in April of 2006, whereupon the complaints intensified. The EEOC discrimination charge was filed in October of 2006, at which point the harasser was discharged two months later in December 2006.

This lawsuit settlement comes at a vulnerable time for the world's largest retailer, as Walmart is currently trying to stop what has been called the largest class action gender-discrimination lawsuit in history, filed by female employees. The case, that our attorneys have recently discussed in a Carson, California employment lawyers blog, is currently being considered in the U.S. Supreme Court.

If you or someone you know in Orange County has been discriminated against because of race or national origin, contact Howard Law, PC today to schedule a free consultation about your employment rights.

Wal-Mart settles Ethnic harassment suit, Reuters, April 14, 2011

Walmart to Pay $440,000 to Settle EEOC Suit for Harassment of Latinos, U.S. Equal Employment Commission Press Release, April 14, 2011

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

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