Starting in 2001, Walmart faced allegations of gender discrimination. A class-action suit alleged that Walmart offered fewer promotions to women and paid them less than male employees.
Ten years later, in 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that the allegations were too weak, did not have enough similarities and were too vague.
What’s happening now?
Now, 178 women have a chance to settle their claims against Walmart. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is backing the women’s allegations of gender discrimination.
According to the EEOC, Walmart and the plaintiffs are encouraged to come to come to an agreement regarding the allegations. This could result in a settlement for the plaintiffs and potential policy changes for Walmart.
If Walmart and the 178 plaintiffs cannot reach an agreement, the EEOC may file a formal lawsuit against Walmart. Experts predict that the EEOC will be fully prepared for a legal battle against the retail giant.
Is your employer following the rules?
What used to be classified as gender discrimination is now called sex-based discrimination. The EEOC strictly prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual based on their sex.
Employers cannot discriminate at any level. This includes:
- Pay Rate
- Job duties
- Promotion eligibility
- Layoff or job loss
- Employee benefits
Employees should also note that sexual harassment is illegal. Unwanted sexual advances, sexual requests and verbal or physical harassment based on a person’s sex are prohibited.
If you believe you are being discriminated against for any reason, you may want to file a claim against your employer. It is always good practice to keep evidence of the discrimination or harassment.
Reach out for help, you are not alone in your fight against unlawful actions.