Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Lisa Banks was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, “Walmart Likely Discriminated Against Female Store Workers, EEOC Finds.”
In 2001, Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, was threatened with a wide-ranging class action lawsuit of 1.6 million female workers who alleged that they were paid and promoted less than their male colleagues. After the Supreme Court ruled that the group could not advance as a class action, more than 1,900 women pursued cases and filed sex discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC has found that for 178 women, across more than 30 states, there is reasonable cause that they were illegally discriminated against. While the agency and attorneys working on the case aren’t commenting on the investigations or processes, it is rare for the EEOC to issue such a large number of findings across multiple regions against a single employer.
“I think that it is unusual and potentially momentous and I think speaks volumes to Walmart’s practices,” commented Ms. Banks.
Walmart has often been accused of unfair and discriminatory employment practices, but it appears that the EEOC’s decision could lead to some degree of resolution for thousands of women who have been waiting for justice.
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