Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

October-03-12

Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against TN Wal-Mart

On Tuesday current employees of Walmart's Tennessee stores announced a class-action lawsuit against the corporation on grounds of sex discrimination. The case, Phipps, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is a class-action suit that alleges that female employees in Tennessee did not receive the same pay or promotion opportunities as their male counterparts at Walmart.

This is the third regional discrimination case filed against Wal-Mart since June 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a national class-action lawsuit that included over 1.5 million women. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the suit was too varied in its allegations, showing no concrete pattern of gender bias, effectively making Walmart "too big to sue."

In a statement, the named plaintiff in the Tennessee suit, Cheryl Phipps, said, "We seek justice for ourselves and all Wal-Mart women workers in this region who have been denied equal pay and opportunities for promotion. Many of us have waited more than a decade to have our day in court to fight for the pay and advancement opportunities that we rightly deserved."

This suit follows two other cases that have recent been filed against the retail company on the basis of gender discrimination. The other cases are Dukes, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. filed in a California U.S. District Court and Odle, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. filed in a Texas U.S. District Court.

Media Resources: Nashville Public Radio 10/02/12; Feminist Newswire 06/07/12;U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Complaint Press Release; Feminist Newswire 02/21/12; Feminist Newswire 09/25/12


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
 
2/27/2015 Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits - The city of Houston, Texas has finally begun testing decades-old rape kits - and in just one week, those have led to hundreds of leads. Houston is one of the first of the major cities nation-wide to clear their backlog of over 6,000 untested rape kit s- some of which were more than thirty years old. . . .
 
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .