Nearly 2,000 Wal-Mart Women File EEOC Discrimination Charges Against
Claims in 48 states encompass every Wal-Mart U.S. region
WASHINGTON -- June 06, 2012
Nearly 2,000 current and former employees of Wal-Mart have filed charges of
pay and promotion discrimination against the world’s largest retailer with the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The charges were filed in
the wake of the June 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing a lower court
ruling certifying the national class action lawsuit Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores,
According to co-lead counsel for the women, Brad Seligman of the Impact Fund,
and Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, the 1,975 EEOC
charges were filed in all but two states, and encompass every Wal-Mart retail
region in the United States.
“The fact that EEOC charges were filed in every single Wal-Mart region in the
nation demonstrates the widespread and pervasive nature of Wal-Mart’s pay and
promotion discrimination against its women employees,” said Seligman.
By filing charges with the EEOC, which enforces federal laws prohibiting
employment discrimination, women with complaints against Wal-Mart and its
subsidiary Sam’s Club dating back to December 26, 1998, protect their right to
sue over pay and promotion discrimination even though the Supreme Court
reversed the class certification.
Women in five states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and North
Carolina – had until Jan. 27, 2012, to file their claims with the EEOC, and
women in the remaining states had until May 25, 2012. Women with pay and
promotion discrimination charges against Wal-Mart can continue to file charges
with the EEOC for claims that occurred within 300 days of the filing (180 days
in the five states listed above).
Florida leads the list of current EEOC filings with 284 claims, followed by
Alabama with 142 and Georgia with 119. Except for Montana and Vermont, all
other states had at least one EEOCchargefiled against Wal-Mart.
“That nearly 2,000 women across the country have filed charges over the past
yearmaking similar claims of sex discrimination against Wal-Mart is a
striking testament that the problems that gave rise to the original case are
ongoing and that the evidence of discrimination remains widespread,” said
Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
Regional class action lawsuits on behalf of women plaintiffs who worked in
California and Texas region Wal-Mart stores were filed in federal courts in
those states in October 2011, with an expanded class action lawsuit – Odle
v.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc – filed in Texas federal court in January 2012.
Numerous other class action lawsuits are expected to be filed in other states
throughout the year.
For more information about the case or EEOC discrimination filings against
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., visit www.walmartclass.com.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
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