Contact: Casie Yoder
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011
Making Change at Walmart Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Dukes v. Walmart Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a sharply divided 5-4 opinion today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against women working at the nation’s largest retailer. The court overturned 40 years of legal precedent to rule that Walmart’s policy against discrimination shields the company from accountability against women associates joining together to address widespread gender discrimination claims. This decision, however, does not make any ruling on the merits of the individual discrimination claims against Walmart.
“Making Change at Walmart is extremely disappointed by today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which made it that much more difficult for women to join together to hold Walmart accountable for its actions,” said Making Change at Walmart Assistant Director Jennifer Stapleton. “Women at Walmart deserve respect, equal pay, and fair treatment in the workplace and this decision will not stop millions of Walmart associates from joining together to demand justice and more from their employer. Making Change at Walmart will continue to work with Walmart associates to ensure women at Walmart can never be discriminated against.”
“Gender discrimination at Walmart is real. I’ve experienced first hand being treated differently, and earn less than certain male associates in my store,” said Walmart associate and OUR Walmart member Gloria Taylor. “For example, in my experience, when it comes to the evaluations, women in my store have received smaller raises. Women at Walmart deserve better and we know that the best way to address this problem and other workplace issues is to come together and take actions as associates. That’s why we formed OUR Walmart.”
Last week, Walmart associates announced the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), an associate-led group to improve working conditions and to gain more respect on the job. Improving working condition at Walmart will not only improve the lives of millions of Walmart associates, but also working condition across the retail and grocery industry.
Making Change at Walmart is a campaign of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Our vision for American workers – in grocery, retail, and in our communities – is respect and dignity at jobs that pay fairly and guarantee workers a voice. Our campaign promotes the American values of equality, dignity and respect in the workplace. We seek a voice for Walmart associates at work, and jobs that strengthen our communities and our nation.