Sam Walton's strategy is built on an unshakeable foundation: Sam" begins to take Walmart national, providing his vision's widespread appeal. Walmart has stores and employs 21, associates. Walmart replaces cash registers with computerized point-of-sale systems, enabling fast and accurate checkout.
Some say it ultimately works, others say not so much. Wal-Mart has been in the news a lot, particularly with respect to its employment practices. Join The Emplawyerologist after the jump where we begin our series on the many things employers can learn from the retail giant.
Some might argue that that alone is reason to be grateful to Wal-Mart! Most likely, after all, very few of you are in a position to risk the same level of liability.
Here are just some examples that The Emplawyerologist will cover in more detail over the coming weeks: Wal-Mart has faced a number of class action, EEOC and individual employee lawsuits alleging its failure to provide reasonable accommodations both to applicants and employees. Those allegations, if true, form the basis of claims under the ADA and, some state laws as well.
These lawsuits have asserted that Wal-Mart has subjected female employees to harassment, demotion, and discrimination regarding training and promotion opportunities as well as pay.
These types of cases have involved allegations of being treated more harshly than younger workers. Wage and Hour Violations: Wal-Mart has been on the receiving end of a lot of lawsuits in this area.
At least a few of these lawsuits involve allegations of requiring employees to work overtime without paying them overtime wages, failing to pay minimum wage, failing to provide meal and rest breaks as required in certain states, and, in some cases, requiring employees to work without paying them at all for at least some of the time worked.
This is fairly self-explanatory to the extent that the workers are not documented or otherwise not eligible to work in the United States. There has been at least one case involving a Wal-Mart driver that apparently was required to work long shifts and who, as a result, often did not sleep for more than 24 hours, in turn resulting in a fatal crash.
Wal-Mart has gained a reputation for being staunchly anti-union — and for illegally attempting to prevent union organizing. That is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. Wal-Mart has settled at least one lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring and recruiting practices for truck driver positions, which adversely impacted African-American candidates.
He also alleged that he was replaced by a younger worker, which also makes this an age discrimination claim. With some of these contractors and staffing agencies, the employment practices have ranged from somewhat shady to downright atrocious. Not long ago, a federal district court allowed the plaintiffs to add Wal-Mart as a defendant, under the theory that Wal-Mart is a joint employer.
Click here for a review of the concept of co-employment. Some might argue that Wal-Mart is not really looking to do so and can afford to fight these lawsuits. As I said above, this series may turn out to be more a lesson in what not to do!
Want to really be up to date on hot button topics impacting employers?Wal-Mart has a very well deserved reputation for selling a huge variety of things at the lowest retail prices.
How they do this is complex, involving a huge amount of bargaining power with suppliers, a highly effective system for stocking and distribution, and not paying their employees very well. In preparation for the September conference, these webinars are designed to give today’s B2B e-commerce executive insights into the major challenges affecting the industry in and beyond.
Wal-Mart has been a favorite corporate whipping boy for years now. It’s big and successful and thus has provided our society two extremely popular putative reasons for resenting the hell out of. A benefit Wal-Mart has is that the company has great power over its 40, suppliers (out of these 40,, are key suppliers), and soon after the opening of the distribution center in Bentonville, suppliers located nearby to support the company.
Wal-Mart is the world's largest company and it sets the standard--both social and commercial--for a huge swath of the global economy. In this probing investigation, historian Nelson Lichtenstein shows how the company's success has spread evangelical Protestantism into the workplace, made South China an American workshop, and pushed American politics to the right.
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