1. According to this case, which employment laws has Walmart been accused of violating? How might it have avoided those charges?
2. Which challenge do you think will be more difficult for Walmart: diversifying its top-management ranks or ending charges of discrimination? Why?
3. Do you think more diversity among its executives would help Walmart avoid problems with discrimination? If so, how? If not, why not?

Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise, since it is the largest private employer in the United States, but Walmart periodically has made headlines because someone has accused the discount retailer of discrimination. For instance, the company not long ago reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit that charged the company with racial discrimination. According to the class-action lawsuit, thousands of black applicants were repeatedly denied jobs as truck drivers over a period of seven years. The settlement requires hiring some of these individuals and notifying others as positions become available. Walmart also promised that it would try harder to recruit minorities.

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