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Philadelphia Discrimination Lawyers: Walmart Worker Urges Disclosure of Gender Pay Information

March 9th, 2015

In an effort to ensure pay equality at Walmart, an employee and shareholder of the company is urging disclosure of gender wage information by the retailer. The issue could be reviewed at the June shareholders’ meeting. This comes on the heels of last year’s shareholder resolution to improve pregnancy policies for Walmart workers. Unfortunately, some workers are still experiencing gender pay information by the employers at Walmart.

Last December, the Washington Post reported the filing of a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant for unfair treatment of an employee. In March of 2014, following pressure from their shareholders and a class action suit, Walmart revamped its policy regarding pregnant workers. This new policy classifies pregnant workers as temporarily disabled and affords the pregnant workers the same reasonable job accommodations needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.) Previously, pregnant workers were treated as those with a medical condition which gave them a smaller set of accommodations.

Before the change, Walmart forced pregnant workers to take unpaid leave instead of making accommodations for them to remain on the job. The advocates for women’s and workers’ rights who filed the initial suit have filed a new claim stating that Walmart’s new policy is ambiguous and is not uniformly enforced.

 Walmart Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The case centers around the treatment of a 25 year old pregnant worker in Maryland who suffered illness due to the toxic cleaning chemicals she was using on the job. The fumes made the worker so sick she fainted at a bus stop and had to go the emergency room twice. She presented a doctor’s note with her request to her managers to be temporarily moved to another position during her pregnancy. As a result of Walmart’s refusal to temporary re-assign the pregnant worker, the woman called out sick from work on multiple occasions. Ultimately, the worker’s employment was terminated.  In her pregnancy discrimination law suit, the ex-employee claims that Walmart did not provide her with the appropriate ADA accommodations.

Walmart contends their new policy exceeds federal and most state standards. Technically, Walmart’s policy is in line with the most current law set forth in the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The law requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as other workers who are similar in their ability or inability to work.

The Walmart associate who supports the disclosure of wages by gender asserts that many of the expecting moms are still experiencing workplace discrimination and in addition, have trouble feeding their families because of low wages. She feels that the company must do better for their employees, especially since they are the largest employer of women.

Philadelphia Discrimination Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates Obtain Compensation for Victims of Pregnancy Discrimination

If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination due to pregnancy, the Philadelphia employment law firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our team of New Jersey employment lawyers are dedicated to pursuing justice for those who have experienced workplace discrimination and wrongful termination. Call 215-569-1999 today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. With our office conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout the region in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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