Save Money. Live Better. Right… fat chance. Walmart’s motto is as misleading and false as the smile its door greeters flash as they welcome customers to the retail giant’s 8,500 stores. As Dante said, “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” Walmart’s crimes are well documented; from mistreating pregnant workers to firing those who speak out against the company’s poor working conditions, the largest overall employer in the U.S. (and biggest employer in 25 states) has a reputation for being a social beast and economic bully.
Walmart is bigger than ExxonMobil, General Motors, and General Electric. It’s the world’s largest company, a behemoth retailer whose scale and reach is almost impossible to absorb. According to Business Insider, Walmart’s 2.1 million full-time employees is seven times the population of Iceland. Statistics suggest Walmart sells in three months what Home Depot sells in a year. In 2009, it had $405 billion in revenue, making it the 23rd largest economy in the world, and bigger than Sweden’s. Walmart is powerful, a corporate entity on its own plane, but, as the saying goes, “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” So what are the real costs behind those everyday low prices? Here are 10 things Walmart doesn’t want you to know.
10. Walmart Discriminates Against Women
According to the National Organization of Women, females made up the majority of Walmart workers in 2013 – roughly 57 percent. Nevertheless, female workers are often underpaid, underrepresented, and given little opportunity for advancement. Dukes vs. Walmart is the largest class action gender discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history. 1.5 million women accused Walmart of discrimination. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme court issued a 5-4 decision in favor of Walmart, claiming: “Even if every single one of these accounts is true, that would not demonstrate that the entire company operate[s] under a general policy of discrimination.”