An American court has upheld a decision that gives millions of women the chance to claim damages for sexual discrimination against the world’s biggest private employer, Wal-Mart. The women claim they were paid less than male colleagues and were overlooked for promotions.
“Our words are true. We are not falsely accusing Wal-Mart. We are stating the facts as they have occured,” said one former employee. “I was making half what the men made. You know I was over those same men training them on their jobs,” added another.
The class action gives all women employed at the retail giant since 1999 a chance to claim to and could potentially cost the company billions of dollars. Wal-Mart says it does not have a common policy discriminating against women as its stores are run like independent businesses. It has vowed to appeal the decision.