BOSTON — Attorneys representing seven women embroiled in a sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart have released a study alleging steep disparities in women’s compensation and rate of promotions versus men doing similar jobs throughout the corporate hierarchy.

The study, based on six years of Wal-Mart’s employment data turned over to plaintiffs, charges that women were paid 4.5 percent to 5.6 percent less than men with comparable experience in comparable positions. Among other findings, the study claimed it took women an average of 4.7 years to be promoted to management trainee, while men were promoted in 3.1 years, on average.

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