WASHINGTON — More than 500 current and former women employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from five states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina — have filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as of Jan. 27, attorneys for the women said Thursday.
“The fight continues to seek justice for the women employees of Wal-Mart,” Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in Washington, and Brad Seligman of the Impact Fund of Berkeley, Calif., attorneys representing the women, said in a joint statement. “The Supreme Court did not give Wal-Mart a free pass to discriminate. Filing an EEOC claim is one more way current and former women employees of Wal-Mart can assert their right.”
The latest action follows a protracted battle between female employees of Wal-Mart and the retail giant, beginning in 2001 with a gender discrimination lawsuit regarding pay and promotion that received class action status in 2004 by the U.S. District Court in Northern California. The case eventually made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in June it ruled that it could not advance as a class action because the plaintiffs did not meet the critical legal standard of commonality.
The attorneys in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart Supreme Court case subsequently filed an amended complaint in the District Court in October that largely encompasses Wal-Mart’s regional stores in California and an estimated 95,000 current and former female employees who worked at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores from December 1998 to the present.
“We continue to believe that anyone with a legitimate claim should have their day in court,” a Wal-Mart spokesman said. “I would also point out that these claims have never been heard on their merits.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)