Women make up about 2/3 of Wal-Mart’s 1 million person workforce, yet only about 15% of managers are female. In a recently leaked internal memo, Wal-Mart officials acknowledged that the company is “behind the rest of the world in promoting women to management ranks.”
1975 former female employees have filed suit against Wal-Mart for discrimination. Last year, the Supreme Court refused to certify them as a national class, because there was too much variety in the complaints. Since then, individual suits have been filed in every single Wal-Mart region in the country – that’s every state but Montana and Vermont.
This week, a federal judge in California rejected the company’s request to have that state’s case dismissed, and is considering certifying female employees as a class on the state level.
In a statement supporting that case, a male employee says he discovered he was earning more per hour than a female peer who had 3 years more expereince. When he later recommended that peer for promotion, he was told the District Manager didn’t allow women to be promoted; He then realized there were no women in managerial positions in his department. He later told another female employee about this experience, and after being confronted by the District Manager and admitting to doing so, was fired.
To learn more, Google some combination of “Wal-Mart”, “discrimination”, and “gender”.