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Guess you won't see this book at Wal-Mart or Sam's

Women are suing Wal-Mart in the largest civil rights class-action suit in history.

Salon‘s Corrie Pikul has a great piece on the woes the execs must be feeling at Wal-Mart since they’ve been busted for discriminating against its female employees. There’s a new book out chronicling the whole thing.

In 2000, a 54-year-old Wal-Mart worker named Betty Dukes filed a sex discrimination claim against her employer. Despite six years of hard work and excellent performance reviews, Dukes said, she was denied the training she needed to advance to a higher, salaried position. Dukes was fed up — and she wasn’t the only one. The suit, Dukes vs. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., was eventually expanded to represent 1.6 million women, comprising both current and former employees, making it the largest civil rights class-action suit in history. The suit charged Wal-Mart with discriminating against women in promotions, pay and job assignments, in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (which protects workers from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion or national origin). This past June, a California judge ruled in favor of the women. Wal-Mart is appealing the decision.

In her new book, “Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart,” journalist Liza Featherstone follows the Dukes case from start to finish. Through interviews with lawyers, plaintiffs and witnesses — and analyses of reports from both sides — she paints a picture of Wal-Mart as a hypocritical, falsely pious, exceptionally greedy corporation that creates a massive sinkhole for working women. (Wal-Mart officials refused to be interviewed for the book.) Female employees from stores all over the country tell of being repeatedly passed over for promotions, enduring sexist comments from male co-workers, and worst of all, getting paid significantly lower salaries for doing the same amount of work, or sometimes even more.

See this entry for more on employee abuse and wage and hour fraud, all courtesy of the Bush economy.

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