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500 Female Wal-Mart Workers File EEOC Discrimination Claims

February 07, 2012

(Updates with lawyers’ statement in third paragraph.)

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- More than 500 former and current female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees filed sex-discrimination claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, their attorneys said.

The filings were made to preserve the women’s claims over pay and promotions against the world’s largest retailer after the U.S. Supreme Court last year said their cases couldn’t be litigated in a nationwide class-action, or group, lawsuit.

“The fight continues to seek justice for the women employees of Wal-Mart,” two of their lawyers, Joseph M. Sellers and Brad Seligman, said in a press statement announcing the number of EEOC claims filed through Jan. 27.

The claimants are from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina, the attorneys said. Wal-Mart is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.

--Editors: Charles Carter, Fred Strasser

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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