...Among cashiers and greeters, 65 percent were women; among salaried assistant managers, a more modest 35 percent were women; among co-managers, less than 25 percent. And among store managers, only 14 percent were women. And they filed expert testimony that there is a clear record of under-promoting women in "nearly every geographic region," and that the women of Wal-Mart are paid less than men nationwide. For hourly employees, the wage gap is $1,100 and among salaried jobs, women make $14,500 less than men.
...Wal-Mart received more than one billion dollars in subsidies from local and state governments, including sales tax rebates, free or reduced-priced land, tax-increment-financing, state corporate income tax credits and property tax abatements.
...Under the company's Corporate-Owned Life Insurance program, the company – not the employee's surviving family – is financially compensated if the worker dies.
Wal-Mart borrowed money from the insurers to pay the
premiums, which the company was able to write off as a
business expense on its federal taxes. Scott Monroe
Clearman, a Houston lawyer representing the workers,
said those policies are used as an "elaborate tax
...the Labor Center at the University of California at Berkeley released a report claiming that Wal-Mart's low wages and inadequate benefits in California cost the state $86 million a year in state aid.