Monday, March 28, 2011

Already Lost? 

A major case is pending before the Supreme Court this week -- whether women can file a class action suit against Walmart for sex discrimination.  Walmart is trying to fend off the class action because it would cost it billions in foregone wages.  Many companies are supporting Walmart's contention because they could be held liable as well for similar suits.  However, left unsaid in the case is whether Walmart already has lost in public opinion.  There is more than a little evidence that it has.  It is conventional wisdom that women have not done well in Walmart stores, that their careers have been put on hold, that they have been held back.  Even if Walmart should win, it has a long road to prove to its women employees and the public that it treats women with fairness.  There may be more suits in the company's future.


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