By Liza Featherstone
On tv, Wal-Mart staff are smiling girls overjoyed with their jobs. yet truth is one other tale. In 2000, Betty Dukes, a fifty-two-year-old black lady in Pittsburg, California, grew to become the lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, a category motion, representing 1.6 million ladies. In her explosive research of this ancient lawsuit, journalist Liza Featherstone unearths how Wal-Mart, a self-styled "family-oriented," Christian corporation: Deprives girls (but now not males) of the educational they should boost. Relegates girls to lower-paying jobs like promoting child outfits, booking the extra profitable positions for males. Inflicts punitive demotions on staff who item to discrimination. Exploits Asian ladies in its sweatshops in Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth. Featherstone is going directly to exhibit the inventive suggestions that Wal-Mart employees round the state have chanced on, like struggling with for unions, living-wage ordinances, and childcare suggestions. Selling ladies Short combines the non-public tales of those staff with marvelous investigative journalism to teach why ladies who paintings those low-wage jobs have become a uncooked deal, and what they're doing approximately it. a brand new preface to the paperback version will think about Wal-Mart's reaction to this lawsuit and its critics-including this one.
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