Settlement reached with Walmart over discrimination claim

Published: Jan. 8, 2020 at 10:37 PM MST
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The U.S. Attorney's Office announced a settlement was reached with Walmart over a discrimination claim from a Grand Junction naval reservist.

Walmart agreed to change hiring practices to protect military members after Naval Petty Officer Third Class Lindsey Hunger filed a complaint last October, saying the Grand Junction Walmart on Rimrock Avenue unlawfully refused to hire her because of her naval reserve duties.

Hunger will receive backpay as part of the deal.

Walmart has also agreed to revise the policies to include the following language: "Walmart prohibits discrimination against individuals, including applicants, based on their military service, including required military training obligations, or membership in the uniformed services." Walmart will also ensure that “all supervisors, managers, and administrative staff” in the Grand Junction, Colorado store at issue receive training—developed in consultation with the United States—“on the requirements of USERRA and on employees’ and service members’ rights and obligations under the statute”.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Walmart released the following:

“Walmart respects all of our active, reserve and veteran military members and we hire more veterans and military members than any other company in America. This was an unfortunate situation and we’re glad we could resolve the case with the Department of Justice and Ms. Hunger. We’ve also updated our policy to reinforce that employment protections for military members apply during the hiring process. We appreciate Ms. Hunger’s service and wish her well.”