Walmart to pay $20 million to settle claims of sexual harassment and discrimination
Walmart will pay $10 million to a former employee who alleged she was sexually harassed by a Walmart sales associate in 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
The settlement, announced by U.N. special rapporteur on sexual violence in conflict, Navi Pillay, comes after Walmart reached a deal with the former employee in November 2015 to settle her claims, according to a statement from the Justice Department.
The agreement resolves the claims of four women, two of whom worked for Walmart from 2004 to 2014.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Pillay said Walmart’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations “is a major victory for all survivors of sexual violence.”
The settlement also includes a “voluntary commitment to provide full and fair training to employees and their families about the consequences of sexual assault, and a $5 million contribution to the Women’s Justice Center.”
The Walmart agreement with the woman, who is not identified by name, also includes $5.5 million to support victims’ advocacy and $20,000 to a women’s advocacy organization.
The Department of Labor and the Justice department are in talks with Walmart about implementing the settlement in the future, the statement said.
Walmart said in a statement Monday that the settlement is “a significant victory for our employees and our community.
The settlement ensures that our associates and associates-in-training receive a fair, just and respectful work environment and is a reflection of Walmart’s commitment to supporting all our associates.”
The department said the settlement will help the Justice Dept. “continue its ongoing investigation of allegations of sexual discrimination and harassment by Walmart associates.”
Walmart will pay about $5 billion in fines for sexual harassment in the last year, the department said in the statement.
The Justice Department’s settlement with the Walmart associate also provides for the department to work with Walmart to develop training materials to help employees identify and address harassment and other workplace issues.
The department will also create a dedicated office dedicated to investigating workplace misconduct allegations, the Justice said.___Associated Press writer Julie Pace contributed to this report from Chicago.