Who doesn't like a good Walmart lawsuit story? Here's one of interest today: Walmart is being sued for employment issues, and it's not the first time.
The behemoth retailer is facing charges of gender discrimination. Again.
Specifically, the company allegedly discriminates against women, reports The Palm Beach Post.
The newest lawsuit comes out of Florida and it raises some important issues about employer conduct.
It should seem self-explanatory for most employers that it's wrong to make disparaging remarks about one's marital status. But according to the lawsuit (as reported by The Palm Beach Post), one Walmart manager sought it fit to tell an employee, a single mom, that she didn't deserve to make more money because she should be in a two-income household.
That comment didn't sit well with Walmart employee Christina Going. She and 10 other Florida women filed suit, alleging that Walmart is a "man's club."
This isn't the first time that Walmart has been under fire for its employment practices. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a class action lawsuit against Walmart last year, but that hasn't stopped workers from suing the company.
There's even a Walmart lawsuit coming out of Texas. On Thursday, a Walmart lawyer asked a federal judge in Texas to throw out a gender discrimination lawsuit, saying that the lawsuit was a "copycat rerun" of prior cases, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Walmart attorneys are alleging procedural technicalities in asking the judge to toss the case. Their argument focuses less on the claims of the women and more on the assertion that the women can't bring their claim because of the Supreme Court's action last year.
The Texas case generally alleges that Walmart denied promotions to women and that there's a pay disparity between men and women.
There are currently four similar cases pending against Walmart. If prior history is any indication, these cases likely won't go anywhere for the plaintiffs.
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- Walmart Class Action: S. Court Rules Against Female Plaintiffs (FindLaw's Decided)
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