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In Tennessee and across the United States, workplace issues are gaining more attention. With the increased scrutiny, many workers have become emboldened to speak out about their employee rights. While harassment is one of the most common topics, there are other problematic and pervasive issues such as workplace discrimination. New reports indicated that gender discrimination has been a problem at Walmart, the world’s largest private employer.

In recently reported memos, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated that Walmart committed workplace discrimination against 178 female employees. The women were allegedly subjected to lower pay, denial of promotions or both because of their gender. The EEOC suggests a negotiation that will be fair to both sides. Walmart employs approximately 1.5 million people across the nation.

Some of the allegations happened more than 15 years ago. A legal representative for the women who were impacted stated that there are at least 1,600 claims that the EEOC has yet to hear alleging the same treatment of female employees from 1999 to 2011. There are similar federal lawsuits against Walmart throughout the U.S. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with Walmart’s request not to allow about 1.5 million of these workers to complain about their workplace concerns as part of a class action filing. The memos affect women in more than 30 states. This suggests that there was a fundamental effort to discriminate against women rather than individual incidents.

Whether it’s a massive company like Walmart or a small business, employers must follow certain rules on how they treat their workers. To seek compensation by filing a workplace discrimination lawsuit, a victim may want to reach out to an employment law firm.