Walmart CEO Mike Duke: Meet with OUR Walmart and National Groups that Advocate for Women
Walmart is the largest private employer in this country and nearly 60% of its hourly employees are women. It sets the standards for the retail industry, its suppliers, and for employers in general. How Walmart treats women ultimately has ramifications for all women, not just those who work in its stores. The majority of Walmart shoppers are women.
And unfortunately, according to many of its Associates, Walmart is not truly a place of opportunity for women. The company avoided accountability recently when the Supreme Court dismissed the class action status of Dukes v. Walmart, the largest sex discrimination case in history in which more than one million female Walmart employees alleged the company discriminated against them in pay and promotions. And although the company just announced a “women friendly initiative,” the effort doesn’t address a core problem at Walmart: the way women who work there are treated.
Sign the open letter to Walmart CEO Mike Duke below.
Along with national organizations that advocate for women and the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), I call on you to make Walmart a true place of opportunity for women by improving Walmart’s pay; system of resolution for employees’ concerns to more adequately protect women from sexual harassment; scheduling practices; systems for promotions; and sick, vacation and family leave policies to make them work for women and families.
I urge you to meet with representatives from these groups to hear their concerns about how women who work at Walmart are treated and adopt their policy recommendations.