The press release where the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Walmart for gender and race discrimination. The compliance issue regarded employment discrimination based on sex and skin color. EEOC sued Walmart for failing to promote one of its employees to a management position at its Ottumwa store since it assumed she would not remain long with the organization having a newborn at home (EEOC, 2022). Furthermore, the firm provided the employee with an unsanitary storage closet to express her breast milk. The given storage closet was inferior to Walmart’s clean office space for its Caucasian employees for similar purposes. If found guilty, Walmart’s legal consequences are a maximum civil penalty range of $300,000 (EEOC, 2022). In job discrimination charges, the penalty varies in payable amounts. Specifically, to organizations with more than 500 employees, the legal ramifications faced is the stated amount, and since Walmart falls in this category of firms, it stands to pay the charges.
The functions of the EEOC are to enforce federal laws making it illegal to discriminate against employees based on their sex, religion, color, race, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability. Based on the case, it remains unlawful and inexcusable when qualified women still face discriminatory barriers to career advancement within workplaces. The Federal law requires employers to offer equal working conditions for all employees and prohibits them from promoting their subordinates based on race (EEOC, 2022). The function of EEOC, in this case, is to process charges of employment discrimination against Walmart based on the accusations made.
EEOC Sues Walmart for Gender and Race Discrimination | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Eeoc.gov. (2022).