The primary objective of any company is to make money. But in doing so, Los Angeles employers and all other employers in the U.S. are expected to treat employees equally and with respect.
One company that has been under fire numerous times for violating the rights of employees and forcing employees to work in poor conditions is Wal-Mart. The company has been accused of discriminating against its employees and failing to properly pay employees for their work. Many workers have won their legal cases against the giant retailer, but there are still tens of thousands of other workers in California who are fighting to protect their rights and to hold the company accountable for treating its employees unfairly.
One group of workers, which is comprised of tens of thousands of women, is suing Wal-Mart for gender bias. Initially, women from all over the U.S. had attempted to file a class-action lawsuit against the company claiming that the company's policies promoted gender discrimination. The class-action lawsuit was dismissed for lack of evidence. However, thousands of California women were given permission from a judge earlier this month to proceed with a statewide lawsuit against the retail giant.
Women who worked at Wal-Mart stores in California claim that they were discriminated against because of their sex. They claim that they did not receive the same pay as their male counterparts and that the company favored men over women when giving promotions. Instead of claiming that the entire company followed these discriminatory practices, the reduced class size lawsuit now claims that discriminatory practices took place at Wal-Mart stores in California. Women in Texas are filing a similar lawsuit.
Last week, a judge said that the group of women can move forward with their lawsuit. The next hearing in the case is scheduled to take place in February. These women have been fighting to protect their rights in the workplace since 2001. Their case will not be resolved anytime soon, but hopefully they will get the justice they deserve in the end.
Source: Bloomberg News, "Wal-Mart must face California bias claim, judge rules," Karen Gullo and Joel Rosenblatt, Sept. 22, 2012
- Our firm represents clients who have been through similar situations such as those described in this blog post. Gender discrimination is illegal in the workplace. If you would like to learn more about employees' rights and our practice, please visit our Los Angeles / Long Beach gender discrimination lawyers page.