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Wal-Mart Settles Gender Suit for $12 Million

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    To settle a class action lawsuit charging that Wal-mart systematically denied warehouse employment to women between 1998-2005, the mega chain will pay nearly $12 million.

    According to the suit, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2001, the retailer ignored equally qualified female applicants for warehouse positions as order-fillers.  The $12 million settlement will cover back wages and compensatory damages, as well as hiring women for the first 50 available order-filler positions and giving every other position in the next 50 availabilities after that to women as well (snap!). From then on, Wal-Mart will be required to hire one woman for every three order-filler jobs. 

    The EEOC has provided a standardized set of questions that must be addressed during future job interviews, and part of the settlement will also cover a special coordinator to oversee the new hiring process.