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Walmart Reaches $14 Million Preliminary Settlement Agreement With Pregnant Workers From 2013-2014

Walmart Reaches $14 Million Preliminary Settlement Agreement with Pregnant Workers from 2013-2014

Today, pregnant workers represented by co-counsel A Better Balance, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC and the National Women’s Law Center announced that they filed a motion for preliminary approval asking the Court to preliminarily approve a a settlement in the amount of $14 million in the matter of Borders v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-0506 (S.D. Ill.). The settlement will pay for claims by pregnant workers at Walmart that they had requested but were denied workplace accommodations between March 19, 2013 and March 5, 2014. The settlement will also cover the costs of administering the settlement and legal fees and expenses.  The parties look forward to the Court’s anticipated preliminary and then final approval of the settlement.

A Better Balance, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC and the National Women’s Law Center issued the following statement:

Pregnant workers, like all working people, deserve to be healthy and safe at work. This settlement will benefit thousands of women across the country, and we are proud of the results achieved for these workers

Walmart issued the following statement:

We’re happy both sides could come together to reach a resolution. Walmart has had a strong policy against discrimination in place for many years and we continue to be a great place for women to work and advance. We are proud to offer a parental leave plan which provides birth mothers who are full-time hourly associates with 16 weeks of paid leave.

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