Walmart is the world’s largest retailer, bringing in over $16 billion in profits for the 2012 fiscal calendar year. How can the largest retailer in the US get away with paying most of its employees unsustainable wages at? Most of Walmart’s employees are the lowest paid workers in the entire US, earning $8.81 per hour. Walmart’s CEO, Micheal Dukes’ salary for 2012 was $20.7 million. Dukes received a 14.1% increase from 2011. Walmart employees are asking for a raise so they make a living wage of $25,000 annually, and either no forced overtime, or at least getting the pay and benefits of working overtime. In the past, Walmart employees have also been discriminated against politically, sexually, and racially. Full article.
Under New York law, it is unlawful to discriminate against women with respect to pay. Women who are victims of wage discrimination are entitled to the wages they would have earned had they been paid on an equal basis, plus attorney’s fees and statutory interests. The plaintiff is also entitled to receive liquidated damages that equal 100% of the back wages due. Employers are only excused where the employer can show that the differential is truly caused by something other than gender and is related to job performance. Employers may not terminate or retaliate against employees who share wage information.
Leeds Brown Law PC dedicates a large portion of its practice to the area of employment discrimination. The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law PC have represented individuals throughout Long Island and the New York City area in matters of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation or visit Leeds Brown Law website.