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De La Salle University Manila Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business BUS810M Ethics, Family, and Work-Life Harmony 2nd Trimester AY 2012-13

WAL-MART: A CASE OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Submitted by Group 6: Jasmine Egana Marian Espejo Franklin John Francisco Eunmi Lee Section: GRB

Submitted to: Prof. Pia T. Manalastas

Submitted on: 27 November 2012

Table of Contents
I. II. Background of the Case ...................................................................................................3 Case Narrative .................................................................................................................5 Point of View ...................................................................................................................9 Statement of the Problem ................................................................................................9 Objectives ........................................................................................................................9 III. Case Analysis ..............................................................................................................10 Area of Consideration: Ethical Issues- Business Ethics Perspective ..................................10 Alternative Courses of Action .........................................................................................13 Evaluation of Alternative Courses of Action based on Ethical Considerations .................17 Evaluation of Alternative Courses of Action based on Other Factors of Consideration ....18 Recommendation ..........................................................................................................18 Implementation .............................................................................................................18 IV. References ..................................................................................................................19

I.

Background of the Case

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, owns more than 4,800 stores, including 1,475 discount stores, 1,750 Wal-Mart Supercenter combination discount and grocery stores, and 540 Sam’s Club warehouse stores. It is the leading retailer in both Canada (236 stores) and Mexico (633), owns almost 40 percent of SEIYU, a Japanese Supermarket chain, and has stores in Argentina (11), Brazil (144), China (39), Germany (92), South Korea (15), Puerto Rico (54), and the United Kingdom (270). At the end of fiscal year, January 2004, Wal-Mart posted sales of $256.3 billion and net income of $9.1 billion. The company had over 1,500,000 employees worldwide and planned to add another 800,000 by the end of the decade. The company is famous for its strong and distinctive corporate culture, which it actively promotes. New employees get videos, classes, and literature on Wal-Mart’s culture, such as the “Three Basic Beliefs” (“Respect for the Individual,” “Service to our Customers,” and “Strive for Excellence”). Employees read founder Sam Walton’s personal biography and learn how his personal values became core beliefs of the company. Weekly training on company culture is mandatory for managers and employees. Managers get continuing lessons on the company’s culture and impart these lessons on the company’s culture and impart these lessons to subordinates. Although, the staunchly antiunion company is known as a benevolent employer, its reputation has suffered recently. Wal-Mart’s biggest employee headache, however, was a class action lawsuit (Dukes et al. v. Wal-mart Stores, Inc.) claiming the company discriminated female employees in promotions, pay, management training, and job assignments. The lawsuit was launched in June 2001 when six female employees accused Wal-Mart of paying women less than men and passing them over for promotions. On June 22, 2004, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Jenkins ruled that the six women could sue on behalf of all female employees of Wal-Mart who...
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