Several female employees have filed a class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart.
The women claim that Wal-Mart discriminated against them and other women by paying them less than their male coworkers and by providing them with fewer opportunities for advancement.
According to the employees’ lawyer, Jim Kaster, “women at Wal-Mart were told by management that women deserved less pay and fewer promotions than men because men had families to support.”
This lawsuit is the fifth regional discrimination case filed against Wal-Mart since the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2011 reversed a lower court ruling on the national class action against the retailer and issued new guidelines for class actions and Title VII Civil Rights Act employment discrimination cases.
The Supreme Court found that there was “no convincing proof” that Wal-Mart’s promotion and compensation policies were discriminatory.
In October 2011, two regional complaints were filed, one in Northern California and another in Dallas, Texas. In October 2012, another two regional complaints were filed in Nashville, Tennessee, and in Florida.