Wal-Mart’s Offence Against Human Rights
Wal-Mart. The super store of America serves over 100,000,000 customers per week, employs over 2,000,000 people, makes $36,000,000 every hour, and earns $405 billion annually (Wal-Mart Company Statistics). The convenience that Wal-Mart provides Americans is undeniable; with its always-low prices, over 4,000 stores, and twenty-seven Wal-Mart brands, this family friendly store has become a phenomenon in the last decade. Yet consumers don’t see all the blood, sweat, and human cost it takes to be the number one retailer in the nation. While Wal-Mart claims to be an asset to society, there is a dark side to the super store. With its unlivable wages, history of instilling fear in workers, child labor, and disregard for working conditions, Wal-Mart is the perfect example of a company that is blind to human rights. The word “sweatshop” carries a terrible connotation: a shop or factory in which employees work long hours at low wages under poor conditions. In these types of factories, workers rights are disregarded and abused, yet these are the types of factories Wal-Mart generally works with. The company rarely takes into consideration the happiness or well being of its millions of foreign workers in over forty-eight different countries. In the end, these factory workers are the ones that pay for Wal-Mart’s every- day low prices (Bauer). On September 25, 2005, fifteen workers from six different countries filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming that this company has done nothing to correct sweatshops, working conditions, or employee rights issues. The complaint was supported by evidence from factory workers who had experienced horrible violations of human rights. One worker spoke about how she was forced to work every day for six months straight, and was still unable to earn a living wage. Another explained how she was brutally beaten because she was unable to meet an extremely high quota. One plaintiff said she was forced to...
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