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Report: Walmart may have discriminated against female employees

Walmart is reportedly receiving federal pressure to resolve allegations it treated female store associates unfairly.

According to CNBC, a memo from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finds reasonable cause to believe claims from 178 women who worked at Walmart stores in more than 30 states saying they were paid less than male coworkers and/or unfairly denied promotions.

Citing an original report in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC says the EEOC has been reviewing gender-based allegations against Walmart since 2012. The federal agency is reportedly urging Walmart to reach a fair settlement of the complaints or face possible lawsuit.

“We have told the EEOC that we are willing to engage in the conciliatory process with all the cases,” Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove told CNBC. “The allegations from these plaintiffs are more than 15 years old and are not representative of the positive experiences millions of women have had working at Walmart. Walmart will continue to respect the confidential nature of the process with the EEOC and will not be commenting on the individual cases.”

The EEOC declined a request for comment from CNBC. Read the entire article here.
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