Wal-Mart isn’t very savvy when it comes to public relations it seems. Doesn’t this major chain store understand that if you treat women unfairly you lose a huge portion of your customer base? Wal-Mart has the most employees of any private employer. Does the company think that gives them a special right to discriminate?
For example, I’m a woman and I will never set foot in a Wal-Mart again since learning that the store has a consistent pattern of paying women less than men in stores all over America. Where will you be doing your Halloween and holiday season shopping? I bet a lot of women will NOT be doing it at Wal-Mart. I far prefer Target anyway.
Pattern of Underpayment of Women
The NY Times report that Judge Martin J. Jenkins found that “Women working in Wal-Mart stores were paid less than men in every region and in most job categories. The salary gap widened over time even for men and women hired into the same jobs at the same time, and women took longer to enter into management positions.”
Any company that discriminates against a certain group of people is sleazy indeed. Why would Wal-Mart think that they could get away with paying women less for doing the same work as men? That is discriminatory and it is sickening.
This case might end up being the most huge employment issue case ever in this country. It could involve a class action suit by up to 1.6 million Wal-Mart workers, notes the BBC. That would be some very bad publicity for Wal-Mart. And they well deserve the tsunami of disgust that will be coming their way when the public fully realizes that Wal-Mart has been discriminating against female employees.
Best wishes to every woman Wal-Mart has ever underpaid to join a class action lawsuit and get the money the company owes you. Wal-Mart has long been fighting a class action lawsuit by women. But they are fighting a losing battle. Public opinion will not be on the side of this sleazy chain store.
How will the Supreme Court Treat Wal-Mart?
About a million women have been underpaid by Wal-Mart since 2001, notes the New York Times. This decision about whether the women can sue in a class action format now rests with the Supreme Court.
How sad that a company is wasting the time of the Supreme Court with a fight over fair pay. If Wal-Mart had just done the right thing all along and paid women fairly this class action suit would not be in hot debate with the justices.
The Supreme Court has a habit of favoring the big businesses. Will Wal-Mart get away with this horrible unfair pay scheme or will the Supreme Court let the women start a class action suit?
It will be interesting indeed to see how the three women on the Supreme Court vote in the decision of whether or not to let the women proceed and start a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. Let’s hope the Supreme Court finds Wal-Mart has broken the law with its discriminatory treatment of employees.
I used to sometimes shop at Wal-Mart for home supplies and on-sale clothing. There was a store right on the drive home from work so it was very convenient to stop there. Now that I realize the women in the store were underpaid I feel very guilty for having shopped there.
Is paying men the norm more in America or has Wal-Mart issued some edict to its managers to offer women less. There are always articles in the media about how women overall in America earn less than men. This is a sad commentary on our society.
Women Need Equal Pay for Equal Work
Equal pay for equal work is the way it should be in America. If Wal-Mart cannot understand that perhaps the Supreme Court needs to teach the company that lesson.
Wal-Mart’s new theme song should be “Walk on By” because that is what women will be doing now. Who wants to shop in a store that has mistreated women? Bye-bye Wal-Mart!
This Lawsuit Started in California
The original lawsuit was filed by a handful of female Wal-Mart employees in California. Kudos on your fight ladies, prayers to you for success and justice.
In fiscal year 2010, Wal-Mart earned $405 billion dollars. And yet with that immense income the company chooses to underpay women? How despicable!