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Reuters reports that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has found that Walmart “likely discriminated against 178 female workers by paying them less, denying them promotions or both, because of their gender.”

The EEOC has urged the women and Walmart “to come to a ‘just resolution,’ which could include a settlement and changes to Walmart's employment practices.”

Walmart has responded to the findings by saying that while it was willing to be “conciliatory” in dealing with the women, it believed that the conclusions were both "vague and non-specific,” and, because they were more than 15 years old, "not representative of the positive experiences millions of women have had working at Walmart.”

However, according to Reuters, “Joseph Sellers, a lawyer for the women, said there were at least 1,600 similar complaints pending at the EEOC, accusing Walmart of discriminating against women in pay and promotions between 1999 and 2011. About 150 lawsuits against Walmart, covering the same time period, were pending in federal courts across the country, he said.”
KC's View:
While 15 years is a long time, and Walmart doesn’t have the same management today that it did then, last time I checked, bias against women was as wrong then as it is now, and so sometimes you have to take your medicine. I know that Walmart has to be careful about being too conciliatory because it sets legal and financial precedents, but I do think that it needs to accept responsibility, do what needs to be done, and then move on … making clear to everyone who works at the company that this kind of treatment of women - or any kind of discriminatory behavior - simply will not be tolerated. Not ever.