Six years after the Supreme Court tossed out a suit against Walmart for
sex discrimination, the retail corporation is being hit with a new class
action lawsuit regarding pay discrimination. On Nov. 6, seven female employees
of Walmart filed a complaint in federal court in Florida, related to the
company’s pay and promotion practices, alleging gender discrimination.
WWD, the suit claims:
“Wal-Mart maintained a pattern or practice of gender discrimination
in compensation and promotion. And, in each of the above regions, the
compensation and promotion policies and practices of Wal-Mart had a disparate
impact, not justified by business necessity, on its female employees in
In 2011, Betty Dukes, a greeter at a Walmart store in California, and the
seven plaintiffs who filed the most recent suit, led the landmark case
against the company. Although it was ultimately thrown out, it pushed
the Supreme Court to rewrite guidelines for class action suits in employment-related
cases, making it more difficult for employees to sue companies for discrimination.
Since the most recent suit only seeks to represent women in southeastern
regional stores, it is in accordance with the new guidelines.
A Walmart spokesperson vehemently denied the most recent allegations, associating
them with the already-rejected 2011 lawsuit. This lawsuit joins several
others against the world’s largest retailer; since Dukes v. Walmart,
over 2,000 claims regarding pay and promotion have been filed with the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Walmart.
If you work or have worked at a Walmart store or another company and believe
you were the victim of pay and gender discrimination, you may be eligible
for compensation. Contact our experienced Philadelphia employment lawyers
at Golomb & Honik, P.C. to learn more about your legal options today.
For a free case evaluation, call (215) 278-4449 or contact us online.