The world’s most successful retailer also plans to offer retail training programs to help 200,000 women internationally. And in the U.S., it aims to offer life and jobs skills training for 200,000 low-income women.
Well let’s remember what the company has recently been through. A massive class-action lawsuit launched against Walmart claiming discrimination by women wound its way through the courts over many years and was finally, recently tossed out. Business professors, HR professionals and, frankly, women, had expected the retailer to be on the hook for billions of dollars in payouts but the final judge ultimately decided there was no way to prove that there was a policy across the board to keep women out of managerial jobs. Thousands upon thousands of women had joined in the legal action that now lays dead on the courtroom floor. There is no way that the company was innocent in this. But it dodged a bullet. So now it’s coming out with a major pro-women initiative to tell the world that “Walmart loves women and wants to work with them!”