Walmart sues for ill-fitting pants — Action News Now

Lawsuit accuses retail giant of forcing female employees to wear men’s pants or buy their own

Female delivery drivers are taking Walmart to court over uniforms, saying the retailer’s one-type policy on company-provided pants is absolutely not for everyone and discriminates against them.

One litigation The suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Alabama, alleges that Walmart Inc. provided uniforms with men’s pants for all drivers. Women are forced to either wear ill-fitting trousers or buy and wash their own trousers, which must conform to the company’s uniform guidelines.

The case was brought on behalf of a driver named Diana Weber and seeks class-action status, which would allow other employees in the same situation to join the lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refused to investigate further her complaint to the agency, clearing the way for Webb to file a lawsuit.

“For female drivers, due to the anatomical differences between the sexes, it is impossible to wear the men’s pants that Walmart offers exclusively for male employees,” The lawsuit claims. “As a result, in order to meet Walmart’s employment requirements, female drivers either feel sick or pay for and wash their own pants out of pocket, and there are no reimbursement options.”

Webb said Walmart only provides dry cleaning and laundry services for company-issued uniforms, not the pants female drivers must buy for themselves.The national policy to provide men-only pants is “Walmart’s blatant sexism against female drivers,” the lawsuit said.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove told McClatchy News that employees were not required to wear company-provided pants. “Walmart is committed to providing our private fleet drivers with a variety of clothing options to meet our guidelines,” Hargrove said.

Webb said she complained about the policy to her supervisor and asked her to be reimbursed, and she was told that if the company paid for her uniform, the company would have to do the same to all female drivers. The lawsuit asks the court to order Walmart to treat male and female drivers equally and compensate women for uniforms already paid.

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