Wal-Mart’s Authoritarian Culture

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled to block a class-action sex discrimination suit against the retail giant Wal-Mart. But many still believe that the authoritarian lifestyle enforced by company policy results in clear cut gender discrimination.

Wal-Mart has long been anti-union, which has lowered workers’ bargaining power on a large scale. Consequently, Wal-Mart has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for labor law violations that went unnoticed or uncorrected for too long, mostly in the form of wage and hour violations. Being anti-union has also led to many other Wal-Mart policies surviving that would not last long at other companies.

One such policy is one regarding internal promotions to management. Wal-Mart insists through its company policy that all workers promoted to salaried management positions move to new stores, which often happen to be over hundreds of miles away. This policy, while it may hinder the lifestyles of young many, poses an insurmountable challenge to many women with young children or families. This policy, many Wal-Mart employees say, is tantamount to gender discrimination, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Do you feel your company has a policy that facilitates discrimination in the workplace? Speak with an attorney today.