Wal-Mart Staffing--Ind 2

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“By my signature below, I confirm that I have upheld the Cornell Code of Academic Integrity, and have neither given nor received any unauthorized assistance or aide on this assignment.” ________________________________________ To: Wal-Mart Board of Directors [Represented by Professor Sean Way, HADM 2211 Professor] From: Mr. Lawrence Jackson, EVP, People Division, Wal-Mart [Represented by Brandon Payne Bycer, SHA Class of 2011, HADM 2211 Student] Date: 17:54:01 Subject: Staffing Issues at Wal-Mart, Inc. The purpose of this memo report is to explain the on-going gender discrimination that is going on throughout the entire Wal-Mart company. After reading the case, Staffing at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (Mark, 2003), I will answer the following three questions about the staffing issues at Wal-Mart stores: 1. How big is this gender problem? This gender problem at Wal-Mart is a huge issue, because this problem extends geographically across the company’s facilities in America and throughout all levels within the company. 2. Why does it persist when the company seems to do everything right? This problem persists, because Wal-Mart currently has policies that are discriminating against women. Also, Wal-Mart has created a steeper curve for women to achieve success as opposed to men in the company. 3. What is my plan regarding this matter? My plan regarding this matter is to develop a structured affirmative action plan to allow for women to have equal opportunities for success as men at Wal-Mart Stores. How big is this problem? This staffing problem is huge—plain and simple. Since Wal-Mart is world’s largest retailer (Wal-Mart Stores, Corporate Facts: Wal-Mart by the Numbers, 2008), as we have discussed numerous times in past meetings, any internal problem within the company has much larger ramifications on an external level to the general public. According to Wal-Mart’s most recent corporate factsheet (Wal-Mart Stores, Corporate Facts: Wal-Mart by the Numbers, 2008),
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Staffing Issues at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 17:54:01 2 Wal-Mart currently employs over 1.4 million people at over 4,000 facilities in the United States —856,000 of which are women. With all of these large numbers in mind, Wal-Mart’s problem is definitely one of, if not the, largest human resources issue in the United States. As a result of this large problem, the women of Wal-Mart have launched the largest class- action lawsuit ever in the United States (Wal-Mart Class, 2008). According to www.walmartclass.com , six current and former female employees of Wal-Mart in California are the original plaintiffs for this case filed in 2001. This class-action lawsuit argues that Wal-Mart discriminates against female employees in the following four areas: 1. Making promotions, 2. Job assignments, 3. Pay decisions and training, and 4. Retaliates against women who complain against such practices (Wal-Mart Class, 2008) . Throughout the rest of this segment of my memo, I will provide further evidence from the
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2010 for the course HADM 2236 taught by Professor Spies during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.

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