FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 15, 2015
Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart, released the following statement in response to a third discrimination suit filed by a Walmart employee over the past five months. Robert Samantha Azzarano alleges that she was harassed and then fired from a New Jersey Walmart for being transgender.
Other discrimination cases from the past five months include a class action suit filed in July by former Walmart employee Jacqueline Cote in Massachusetts, who alleges that she was repeatedly denied when she tried to add her same-sex spouse to her Walmart health insurance, and a suit filed in August by six former Louisiana Walmart employees who allege that they were fired due to racial and age discrimination.
“Once again we see evidence that Walmart doesn’t discriminate when it comes to alleged discrimination. This alleged behavior by the nation’s largest employer is sickening and unacceptable,” said Jess Levin, communications director for MCAW. “How many times, just in the past five months, has Walmart been accused of discrimination? Hard-working Walmart workers have allegedly faced or complained about discrimination for their sexuality, race, age, and now gender identity. We will not stop until Walmart changes for the better.”
Relatedly, MCAW released two ads this week that highlighted the struggles that many Walmart and retail workers face every day. Those ads, “Replaceable” and “Real Change,” debuted during the Democratic debate Tuesday night and will continue to run nationally throughout the week.
Robert Samantha Azzarano v. Walmart, Deptford, NJ; filed October 2, 2015
- “Wal-Mart Fired Worker For Being Transgender, Suit Says” (Law 360)
- “Transgender Woman Sues Walmart, Manager She Says Harassed And Then Fired Her” (ThinkProgress)
Jacqueline Cote v. Walmart, Swansea, MA; filed July 14, 2015
- Gay and Lesbian Advocate Defenders briefing of case(GLAD)
- “Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit” (AP)
Cormier, Hazel, King, Henderson-McWain, Willis & Goodley v Walmart, Lake Charles, LA; filed June 23, 2015
- “Half-dozen minority Wal-Mart workers allege discriminatory employment practices” (Louisiana Record)
- “Six former employees sue Walmart for race and age discrimination” (KPLC-TV)