Workplace Fairness Case Study

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Walmart the big boxed realtor that houses stores on 5 continents within 28 countries and reported a net income of $11 billion dollars last year seems to be pretty successful; but it is implied that success is only felt in the upper ranks of the Walmart corporations as many employees have few good words to say towards their employer. In 2014 alone Walmart employees and customers have filled over 5,000 lawsuits against the company, or roughly 14 suits per day (Workplace Fairness 1). Even with disgruntle employees Walmart is known for their low prices but are those low prices worth low wages, anti-unionization, and gender discrimination.
Opponents of the anti Walmart stance argue that Walmart offers jobs to people that would have no other
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The Walmart corporation considers 34 hours per week to be full time and is proud to say 74% of their employees are full time (“Fact Sheet-Wages”). As stated in the article “Workplace Fairness” written by the organization Workplace Fairness which is a non-profit organization working to promote and preserve employee rights “ Walmart reported a net income of over $11 billion last year- surely plenty to remedy some questionable workplace practices-yet stories persist about wage law violations and inadequate health care” (Workplace Fairness 1) . Walmart has been underpaying their employees for years until they were faced with extreme pressure from their workers and the public. In 2016 Walmart announced they would be increasing their starting pay to nine dollars per hour, but if a Walmart worker has that starting pay and works a mere 34 hours per week 52 weeks per year they will make about $15,912 for a yearly salary. This amount does not consider the employee taking any vacation time or any weeks off per year. This means Walmart’s full time employees are considered to be making a salary merely above the national poverty level for a family of two which is set at a yearly income of $16,020 instituted by the Department of Health and Human Services. There have been numerous lawsuits filed …show more content…
workforce is comprised of women, compared to 46.9 percent in the U.S. labor force” ( ).However, many people can argue Walmart discriminates based on gender. In 2001 a group of female employees filed a lawsuit against Walmart for discriminating against them because of gender; the six plaintiffs argued they were passed over for salary bonuses, and management training because of their gender. This lawsuit was called Dukes V. Wal-Mart and started with six women fighting against the company they had given so much for, as Stephanie Odle one of the plaintiffs in the case said, “I guess you could say I was Walmartized. I gave up my nights, my days, my weekends, and my holidays. Time and time again the jobs I should have had were given to men” (Floyd 1). Dukes v. Wal-Mart turned into the largest domestic workplace lawsuit in the history of the United States when it represented 1.5 million current and past female Wal-Mart employees who all had received gender discrimination while working for Walmart (Floyd 1). This case was later thrown out by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling because of a lack of similar arguments among the plaintiffs. This was not the only time Wal-Mart has been sued according to Jason Sellers the attorney representing Dukes in this case “Wal-Mart has been sued on numerous occasions by other woman who have complained about

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