Walmart Manager Allegedly Told Bobbie Millner That 'Men Needed To Earn More'

Tennessee Walmart lawsuit gender discrimination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three Tennessee women sued Walmart on Tuesday claiming they lost pay and promotion opportunities because of their gender.

The Barrett Johnston law firm said the suit is the third of its kind against Walmart Stores Inc. in the country in the past year.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the company has strong policies banning discrimination. In 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out a class action lawsuit representing 1.6 million women who worked at Walmart on the grounds that their allegations were too varied to show the company engaged in a specific nationwide pattern and practice of gender bias. Since then, litigation attorneys have been pursuing cases on a regional basis.

The latest represents three women who each worked for Walmart for more than 10 years and seeks class-action status to cover current and former female employees at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi.

Cheryl Phipps of Covington and Shawn Gibbons of Cookeville claim they were denied management training and were paid less than men.

Bobbie Millner of Jackson claims that she inadvertently got the paycheck of a fellow assistant manager with less experience and found that he earned thousands of dollars more per year than she did. She said a Walmart manager told her "men needed to earn more."

Hargrove cited the previous Supreme Court decision in responding to the Tennessee lawsuit.

"As we have said all along, these claims are unsuitable for class treatment because the individual situations are so different and because the claims of these three people are not representative of the hundreds of thousands of women who work at Walmart."

In a statement, Phipps said, "Many of us have waited more than a decade to have our day in court to fight for the pay and advancement opportunities that we rightly deserved."

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Yeah - Walmart is a great place to work!

October 04 2012 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I worked at walmart for 3 years. It sucks. It reminds me of a sweat shop you see in China. The one I worked for is a big one, open 24/7. So many times I had to run the front end with only 1 cashier. I worked 3rd shift and you would not believe the over load of work. Walmart cuts your hours,won't hire enough people to run a store like that. Open Door policies are for the birds. You can't get no help. Under payed. The new hires are payed maybe 8 to 8.50 an hour on 3rd the $1 extra for working Sundays is no more. And the bonuses we are suppose to get are most times spent on new parking lot, new carts ect... The big guys have no idea whats going on there, because the managers lie to them all the time. If they would come with out letting everyone know so the manager can hide a lot going on they maybe surprised. Wal-mart sucks I hope I never have to work for the crooked company again. They treat employees like crap and customers never come first.

October 04 2012 at 6:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Walmart does do this to all women working there no matter what area, plus a lot of other things that are against thier "policy" . Some people would be shocked at what they get away with and tell thier employees they HAVE to do!!!

October 03 2012 at 11:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

How much is walmart paying these judges to dismiss the cases?

October 03 2012 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wal-Mart the worst thing to happen to America since Pearl Harbor. Destroyer of small, local businesses and now officially China-Mart, they sell Chinese trash while treating their emplpyees as poorly as they can. Often the largest employer in an area,' the jobs are part-time, minimum wage, no benefit, no future treat you like crap jobs. A sad end for a great country to lose its middle class.

October 03 2012 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And we know the manager made this awful statement because.......the woman who wants a big pay day says so?

October 03 2012 at 9:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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I know many people who work for Walmart, and these allegations - all of them are true.

October 03 2012 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh My. So if a woman is supporting herself and her children she doesn't need as much money as a man? What if the husband died and she is left with all the bills and family to take care of? Still she does not need as much? This manager needs to be taken out behind the barn and let a few women tell him the facts of life! And I would love to be first in line for that one!

October 03 2012 at 9:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

You get Wartmal if you scramble the letters.

October 03 2012 at 8:53 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

We can sum this up in one sentence: STUPIDITY is alive and well! What an ignorant ass.

October 03 2012 at 8:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hw many times do we need to say it? WALMART SUCKS!!!!!!

October 03 2012 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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