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Walmart Inc. and EEOC Enter Into Consent Decree to Settle Sex Discrimination Allegations


The complaint and the joint consent decree were filed on the same day

EEOC alleged that Walmart illegally used a physical abilities test that negatively affected female applicants for grocery order filler positions.  Walmart entered into a consent decree and has agreed to pay $20 million to settle discrimination claims filed by two women turned down for grocery warehouse jobs that required them to lift up to 80 pounds.  The two women allege that about 12,000 women across Walmart’s distribution centers nationwide could qualify for compensation under the agreement.

Walmart stated that they introduced the Physical Abilities Test in 2010 based in part on the recommendation by the EEOC.  According to a company spokesperson, “the test was validated by third-party experts and designed to determine if applicants for the order filler position could perform the job requirements.”

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