Almost 2,000 women who work for retail giant Walmart have filed individual complaints against the company with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The mass filing is in response to last year's controversial Supreme Court decision that found that the women's discrimination claims did not have enough in common to be considered for class-action status. The complaints were filed in every Walmart retail region in the United States, which includes Pennsylvania.
The women have complained to the EEOC that Walmart systematically discriminates against women by not providing equal pay or equal promotional opportunities. Last year's Supreme Court ruling did not touch on whether or not the claims had merit or were true, but rather focused on the class action certification. If the conduct that is alleged in the complaints is really happening, it constitutes illegal employment discrimination and a violation of equal protection laws.
The EEOC is charged with reviewing all of the cases and enforcing employee protection laws in any cases where discrimination is present. The statute of limitations in these cases allows women with complaints dating back to December 1998 to file for relief with the EEOC.
As we've discussed many times before on this blog, sex discrimination is not only wrong on a moral level, but it is also strictly prohibited by federal and state laws. All employees have the right to be treated equally and shouldn't have to initiate a legal action to be given the same opportunities as anyone else. However, the injustice of discrimination still happens all the time and the law provides a remedy for anyone discriminated against on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, national origin, or disability status.
Source: United Press International, "2,000 file Walmart sex bias complaints," June 6, 2012.