Does Wal-mart Discriminate Against Women?

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The e-mail I received today from Daily Worth, discusses a recent class action lawsuit brought against Walmart by 3,400 women claiming gender discrimination.  If you have followed along for a bit then you know about my post a couple of weeks back regarding the failure of the  Paycheck Fairness Act to pass.   This was also a gender bias related national discussion.

Is it just me?  Or is there a lot of attention being given to gender discrimination in the workplace in the past couple of months?

I wonder if any of this is being brought to bear because women are feeling more pressure to support their families in this economy.   I know quite a few women in my office and my community that are either working full time (versus part-time) because their husband’s have lost their jobs, or that have been Stay at Home Moms that are now taking jobs to make ends meet because business isn’t doing so well for their husbands.

What are your thoughts?  What part do you think the economy is playing in this gender vs. wages attention?


6 Responses to Does Wal-mart Discriminate Against Women?

  1. My friend Wendy and I were just talking about that–how insurance will pay for men to have a blood test to screen for prostate cancer but won’t pay for women to have a blood test to screen for ovarian cancer.

    I wonder if my insurance company would pay for me to have the blood test to screen for prostate cancer?!

    • Ooh, while you’re at it will you see if they’ll cover my vasectomy? :D Granted they may have trouble finding my seminal vesicles considering I’m a woman, but hey!

  2. Hey, followed your link from Free Range Kids, then found this one.

    I looked into this a while back on my own blog, and one article I found explained that women get paid less because we’re afraid to negotiate for higher pay. The idea most women have is that they don’t want to risk losing the job by asking for more money, so they take what’s offered.

    The problem with that, of course, is that what’s offered is often part of negotiating. The company offers a little lower than what they’re actually willing to pay, with the expectation that you’ll be asking for a little more, and the planned end result is closer to what’s actually budgeted. The converse of that is that you, as the employee, would ask for higher than what you’ll actually take, knowing that they’ll work to talk you down, you then “settle” for something closer to what your minimum is and the perceive it as a great deal to have you.

    Regardless of your demographic, you’re short-changing yourself by just taking the first offer.

    Now, retail tends to be a “take it or leave it” environment and generally has a “no sharing” rule when it comes to pay. With that kind of power, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were discriminating (and on more than just gender).

    • I agree. I’ve also read that women as a gender are less likely to negotiate or bargain because of a sense of being humble and/or a fear of being seen as aggressive. I think we are progressing, but that as a gender need to make sure we aren’t putting ourselves at a disadvantage (negotiating against ourselves) by trying to meet a cultural image of feminine behavior.

      Thank you so much for commenting! What is your blog? I’d like to take a look…


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