The United States’ largest private employer and the world’s largest retailer, Walmart currently employs 1.5 million workers.
A spokesman of Walmart, Randy Hargrove, said that the company is ready to be part of a conciliatory process. He added that in many cases the agency does not find specific evidence of such discrimination at workplaces. Hargrove said that the cases that were highlighted in the complaints were that of 15 years ago which did not provide a representation of millions of female workers at the company that had positive experiences.
A lawyer for the women who filed complaints, Joseph Sellers, said that between 1999 and 2011, there were over 1,600 complaints filed at the agency relating to discrimination against women in regards to promotions and pay. Besides that, there were about 150 cases pending against Walmart in federal courts.
The memo which elaborated on the discrimination against women involved female workers across 30 states working at Walmart stores. Sellers said that this displays the broad picture of discrimination at the company against women and do not show isolated incidents.
The agency has the power to file a lawsuit against the retailer if it does not come to a settlement with the women who filed the complaints. Alternatively, the women can file their own suit as well.
Reporters did not receive comments from EEOC on the matter.