New Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit against Wal Mart

October 28 00:00 2011

New York, October 28 ( – On Thursday, female employees of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, filed a lawsuit in San Francisco through their attorneys alleging that 95,000 female employees in more than 200 stores in California were paid less than men and promoted less often in every district of the state, even when they were more experienced and qualified. They also presented new evidence of sex-stereotyped comments by the company’s chief executive.

This action comes four months after a nationwide sex-discrimination suit against Wal-Mart was thrown out by the Supreme Court. The court had dismissed this suit saying they failed to point to any company-wide policy that denied them equal treatment. Attorney Arcelia Hurtado of Equal Rights Advocates said Wal-Mart fostered discrimination by failing to announce openings for promotions or set standards.

The plaintiffs also pointed to a statement by the then CEO Thomas Coughlin while speaking to district managers from around the nation in January 2004. He had said that the key to success in choosing leaders was “single focus to get the job done. Women tend to be better at information processing. Men are better at focus.” The suit also referred to the statement made by Walton Institute during mandatory training session that Wal-Mart had few female senior managers because men were “more aggressive in achieving those levels of responsibility.”

In response, Wal-Mart attorney Theodore Boutrous said the plaintiffs’ lawyers “rely on the same incorrect and discredited theories that the Supreme Court repudiated.”