Employers in Big Trouble
I wondered what large corporations beyond Wal-Mart have been hit by gender discrimination and a Google search provided me plenty of data.
Abercrombie and Fitch – In 2005, this clothing retailer had to pay $50 million for discriminatory practices. Not all were women, however, but the suit did cover groups such as African and Asian Americans, Latinos and women, according to AFJustice.com.
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals – The Institute for Women reported that in June of 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed by Bayer employees alleging that “women in the company have suffered wage discrimination, sexual harassment, creation of a hostile environment for women, and pregnancy/caregiver discrimination." We’ll have to see how that one turns out, but of all the reasons women could file, they seem to have it all covered here.
Publix Supermarkets – This grocery store chain had a class action lawsuit filed as far back as 1995. In 2007, the retailer was forced to pay $81.5 million to 150,000 women who felt they had no chance of promotion and were left in “dead end, low-paying jobs" according to the Los Angeles Times.
Cigna – Reuters reported a woman filed a class action lawsuit because Cigna “unfairly blocks female employees from promotions and higher-paying jobs." The suit, filed in March of 2011, seeks damages of $100 million dollars. No word on the outcome of this gender based lawsuit either.
No matter how far and wide I searched, however, I couldn’t find gender based suits filed by men, only for men—at least no class action suits. Sure, some had males involved but these were more ethnic or race-based, not gender based. So, what’s going on here?