Five Wisconsin women have recently filed a workplace discrimination suit against Wal-Mart in a Madison federal court. The lawsuit claims the world's largest retailer discriminates against female workers by denying them equal pay and employment opportunities. The suit was filed on behalf of all female workers employed after Dec. 26, 1998 at stores in Wal-Mart's Region 14, which covers parts of Wisconsin and three other states. It seeks lost wages, front pay and punitive damages against the retailer for gender discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against its employees on the basis of sex or other protected class status. The prohibition against discrimination applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, promotions and other terms and conditions of employment. An employee who feels he or she has experienced differential treatment on the basis of sex should consider consulting with an experienced workplace discrimination attorney to evaluate the situation for any evidence to support a gender discrimination claim.
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press, "Wisconsin women sue Wal-Mart for gender discrimination," Andrew Harris, Feb. 26, 2013