Wal-Mart’s Stalled GLBT Policies
No Same-Sex Partnership Benefits
Wal-Mart remains one of the few national retailers that do not extend health care and other benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Wal-Mart’s major competitors including Target, Best Buy, Costco, Federated Department Stores (Macy’s), Walgreen’s and Sears Holding Corporation (Sears/K-Mart) all offer domestic partnership benefits.
No Transgender Non-Discrimination Policy
Wal-Mart has yet to expand its non-discrimination policy to include gender identity. Transgender individuals frequently face violence, harassment and termination on the job and are one of the most frequent targets of discrimination currently in the United States.
No Corporate Leadership
While Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in America, it has yet to reach the same standards regarding GLBT issues as its competitors and the majority of the Fortune 500.