Almost 2,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees file EEOC pay discrimination charges against retailer
Approximately 2,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees have filed EEOC charges of pay and promotion discrimination against the world’s largest retailer, according to a statement released by their co-counsel, Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. The charges are the latest move against the retailer, and come one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision reversed a lower court ruling certifying the national class action lawsuit Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
“That nearly 2,000 women across the country have filed charges over the past year making similar claims of sex discrimination against Wal-Mart is a striking testament” said Sellers, “that the problems that gave rise to the original case are ongoing and that the evidence of discrimination remains widespread.”
Women across the country filed charges. 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 EEOC charge filed against Wal-Mart.
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.