Walmart Will Pay More Than $12 Million in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement
March 4, 2010
In recent news that our Anaheim-based Labor and Employment Attorneys have been following, Walmart Stores, Inc. will pay more than $11.7 million to settle a class action sex discrimination lawsuit, where female applicants were reportedly denied jobs based on gender and not qualification.
According the class action lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) nine years ago, from 1998 until February 2005, Walmart's Distribution Center in London, Kentucky denied jobs to female applicants for entry-level warehouse positions, even though they were reportedly equal or more qualified than the male applicants who were hired.
Walmart is being accused of using discriminating based on gender when hiring entry-level filler positions. Female applicants were reportedly told that the filling positions were not suitable for women, and only appropriate for men ages 18-25--an illegal practice of hiring based on gender that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The nearly $12 million payment will be distributed to eligible class members, who will receive $3.2 million in compensatory damages and $8.4 million in back wages.
Walmart will also furnish other relief, including jobs. The consent decree that settled the suit requires that as order filler jobs become available, Walmart will provide the jobs to eligible female class members first--to be determined by the EEOC. The first fifty available order filler positions will be filled by female class members. With the next fifty jobs positions, every other job will be offered to female class members, and subsequently every third job position will be offered to female employees.
Walmart has also agreed to abide by the consent decree, and not discriminate against females in the hiring of order filler positions, and will also not retaliate against employees or groups of employees who stand up for their rights to a workplace free from gender discrimination.
At Howard Law, PC our labor and employment lawyers believe that all employees are entitled to a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination and violations of employment and labor laws. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against based on gender, or has been subjected to violations in the workplace in Orange County and throughout Southern California, contact our attorneys today.
Walmart to Pay More Than $11.7 Million to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit, EEOC Press Release, March 1, 2010
Wal-Mart to Pay $12M in Ky. Discrimination Suit, The Associated Press, March 2, 2010
Wal-Mart to Pay $11.7 Million in Gender Bias Suit, Reuters, March 2, 2010
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