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Monday, June 28, 2004

Mail and Guardian Online: The woman who is taking on Wal-Mart

When Betty Dukes signed on as a check-out counter assistant at Wal-Mart, the world's biggest supermarket company, it was for five dollars an hour and the chance of moving up through the company ranks. "I thought I'd move forward quickly. I thought I'd get promoted and get good pay rises," she says.

She got neither. Instead she got the last thing she was looking for: a starring role in an $8-billion legal battle that could change the face of corporate America and earn her a reputation as the new Erin Brockovich.

Last week a San Francisco judge ruled that Dukes and 1,5-million current and former employees at Wal-Mart could proceed with a lawsuit alleging that the company discriminated against female employees, bypassing them for promotion and paying them less than their male counterparts. It is the largest civil rights case in US history.

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BerukBoy sez: Man, I can't believe I used to hang out at Wal-Mart at 3 in the morning much less apply to work there! (the automated employee profiler said I had 'criminal tendencies'. Wtf?!!!)

An example of one of the no-brainer questions:

32. Do you think everyone steals? (yes) (no)
33. Is it ok to steal sometime? (yes) (no)

Jeebus.

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