WASHINGTON D.C. — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission here said Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $440,000 to settle a federal harassment lawsuit by 10 employees who said they endured ethnic slurs and derogatory remarks on a daily basis while working at a Sam's Club in Fresno, Calif.
Nine of the plaintiffs were of Mexican descent and one was married to a Mexican, while the alleged harasser was a Mexican-American co-worker, the Associated Press reported.
The plaintiffs said they initially complained in April 2006 to their managers, who failed to address the alleged harassment. The EEOC subsequently filed a complaint in October 2006, and the alleged harasser was fired two months later.
Walmart's agreement with the EEOC also calls for the company to review its policies and provide training on discrimination at Sam's Club locations in Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif.