The Pros And Cons Of Wal Mart

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Walmart is the largest private employer employer and grocery retailer in the United States. Walmart also has its positives and negatives on our citizens and economy. They have also lost some of values that Sam Walton had when he created the company. There are several downfalls with Walmart. Walmart has one of the worst health insurance policies in all of corporate America. Most people are in awe of how poor the health insurance is for such a widely known and popular company as Walmart is. They pretty much tell their employees to sign up for any government assistance that they can, since they pay their employees a low wage, most of them are able to get assistance. Since the death of Sam Walton, Walmart has changed its health insurance policies …show more content…
They treat their employees with little to no respect. According to the article I read in a span of five years Walmart had 44 class action law suits against them in 31 different states. These lawsuits included hundreds of thousands of former and current Walmart employees who had either had their wages cut or hours tampered with. If an employee forgot to clock back in from an unpaid break or lunch they were not paid for the time they worked after that break or lunch. Walmart has manipulated the time cards of three employees in Alameda County, California and they filed suit with the superior court in 2005. Walmart has also charges against them for deleting overtime hours from timecards of its employees. In 2004 Walmart cut wages of its employees by 4.7 billion dollars annually. Who pays for this cut? Yes, you guessed it, the taxpayers, not the company. How much does it cost taxpayers to pay for these wage cuts? It costs 1.6 billion taxpayer dollars to support Walmart employees in the U.S. They get this number by taking a 200 employee store costing taxpayers $420,750 annually, which is $2,103 per employee, then multiply $420,750 by the 3700 stores in America to get 1.6 billion dollars. These numbers are from 2004, just think about how much this number has gone up in 10 years! Why does Walmart think this is a good way to run a …show more content…
There were 245 arrests made for undocumented workers at Wal-Mart in 2003. Wal-Mart was able to get by with no criminal charges by paying 11 million dollars. The largest gender discrimination class-action lawsuit in history was Dukes vs. Wal-Mart. According to the EEOC in 2002 only one in 20 drivers that Wal-Mart hired was black, some of which have a better driving history and more experience than the white drivers that do get hired. For a country that is supposed to be equal and all the employment laws these numbers are somewhat jaw dropping to the

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