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Wal-Mart Board of Directors [Represented by Professor Sean Way,
HADM 2211 Professor]
Mr. Lawrence Jackson, EVP, People Division, Wal-Mart [Represented by
Brandon Payne Bycer, SHA Class of 2011, HADM 2211 Student]
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
(Mark, 2003), I will answer the following three questions about the staffing issues at
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.
Why does it persist when the company seems to do everything right?
problem persists, because Wal-Mart currently has policies that are discriminating
Also, Wal-Mart has created a steeper curve for women to
achieve success as opposed to men in the company.
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),