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· Walmart likely discriminated against female workers in stores, WSJ says
· Walmart’s Got The Upper Hand In The Grocery Delivery Battle
Walmart likely discriminated against female workers in stores, WSJ says
o A report from the Wall Street Journal finds Walmart has been discriminating against more than 150 female employees in its stores.
o The report cites memos it viewed from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Lauren Thomas, CNBC
Sept 17, 20109
Walmart likely discriminated against dozens of female workers in its stores, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
The report, published Tuesday, cited memos from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that said “there is reasonable cause to believe” that for 178 women, Walmart paid women less, denied them promotions, or both, because of their gender. It said the charges involve workers in over 30 states.
Walmart, however, says many of the claims are “vague” and it is looking to resolve the cases, which the EEOC has had since 2012.
“We have told the EEOC that we are willing to engage in the conciliatory process with all the cases,” said Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesman. “In the vast majority of them, the EEOC’s reasonable cause findings are vague and non-specific even though we have asked the EEOC to provide detail on their findings.”
″... We have urged the commission to move forward on them for years. The allegations from these plaintiffs are more than 15 years old and are not representative of the positive experiences millions of women have had working at Walmart. Walmart will continue to respect the confidential nature of the process with the EEOC and will not be commenting on the individual cases,” Hargrove said.
The EEOC didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
According to the Journal, the EEOC is asking Walmart and the women to find “a just resolution of this matter,” or the group could file a lawsuit against Walmart.
The EEOC’s push to make Walmart act comes as workers have been seeking damages from the biggest private employer in the U.S., with 1.5 million workers across the country, for almost two decades.
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Walmart’s Got The Upper Hand In The Grocery Delivery Battle
George Anderson, Contributor, Forbes
Sep 17, 2019
Walmart announced last week that it is expanding its grocery delivery subscription program, Delivery Unlimited, to 1,400 stores across the country. Customers at select locations will have the option of paying a yearly fee of $98 or $12.95 a month to entitle them to delivery of an unlimited number of grocery orders from the retailing giant. Walmart customers will also have the option to pay as they go for individual deliveries instead of joining the subscription plan.
The announcement was a big win in the eyes of the RetailWire BrainTrust in an online discussion last week.
"You have to give it to Walmart, they’re starting to actually beat Amazon (and traditional grocers) to the punch," wrote Lee Peterson, EVP of thought leadership and marketing at WD Partners. "In this case, they’ve got the upper hand in that they’ve got the logistics, the physical presence and the raw wherewithal to make it all happen, even if it takes time to become highly profitable (and it will)."
"Welcome to the great world of subscription revenues, Walmart!" wrote Kai Clarke, CMO of American Retail Consultants. "Amazon does it to create a profitable bottom line. So does Costco, Sam’s Club (part of Walmart), and many others. Applying this to the grocery channel, where delivery has even more of presence, is just a no-brainer."
The retailer decided to roll out its subscription plan after conducting pilots in Houston, Miami, Salt Lake City and Tampa earlier this year. Walmart found the results in its tests so promising that it made the decision to expand it to all 200 metropolitan markets where it currently delivers groceries. That means that more than 1,600 stores covering about half of the country will have the service in place by the end of the year. Walmart is offering a free 15-day membership to get customers to trial the service...