Store “Greeter” Becomes National Symbol in Lawsuit vs. Wal-Mart

Store “greeter” becomes the national symbol in the class action lawsuit versus Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Betty Dukes, an ordained Baptist minister, has filed the case against the retail giant after the company allegedly prevented her from having promotion because of her gender and race, a fact the Court of Appeals upheld.

Betty Dukes, a cheerful “greeter” at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc, has now become a national sensation as she becomes the symbol for the legal battle against the retail giant after the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the District Court allowing the largest gender bias class action lawsuit to push through.

An ordained Baptist minister, Dukes has now turned her roles as a civil rights advocate for many of the Wal-Mart’s critics and at least one million former and current female employees of the company.

Dubbed as the “Betty vs. Goliath,” the case stemmed from an alleged prevention of the company for her to get a promotion based on her gender.

Dukes, a woman who wanted to turn her life around, accepted a job offer at a Wal-Mart store for $5 an hour in a part-time status in 1994. However, several spat with the management prevented her from achieving her goal to someday be part of the retail giant’s corporate management team.

Based on the lawsuit, Dukes accused Wal-Mart of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act by illegally discriminating employees because of their race, gender, and creed. She also accused the largest employer in the US of systematically paying women workers less than their male counterparts and also promoting male workers faster than any other women employees.

It will be recalled that US District Court Judge Martin Jenkins allowed the “historic” case to push through despite opposition from Wal-Mart, which was later upheld by the CA.

The case could potentially cost Wal-Mart billions of dollars.



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