Wal-Mart sued for bias against female employees

Six female employees in California have filed a class-action suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The former and current employees charge that the retailer does not provide equal opportunities: pay, training, assignments or career path opportunities for women who work there.

Women make up about 72 per cent of the hourly sales employees at Wal-Mart, and about one-third of management. Wal-Mart’s competitors generally have about 56 per cent of women in their management ranks.

The women also charge they have been passed over for raises and promotions. They say that if they complain they face retaliation by the company.

Wal-Mart denies the charges and says it does not condone discrimination of any kind.

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