Walmart’s Wrongs & Rights


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The Guardian recently posted an article about Walmart’s employee policies. For those unfamiliar with Walmart’s employee rights, the company has been cited for discrimination against women and minorities, and critics claim that executives have no real concern for the well-being of their employees.

In recent years, employees have protested seeking what they regard as their rights as well as better wages. Walmart is regarded by some as hating unions and reportedly has even shut down stores due to unionization efforts. In May, Gawker released Walmart’s training video, which showed the pressure they place on their employees to reject unions.

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What damage control should Walmart engage in — if any? The Guardian states that there is no campaign that will save Walmart. I think the Guardian is right because Walmart would have trouble re-branding themselves as well as promoting positive news about their company as is. Business Insider reports that Walmart has 1.4 million employees in the U.S. alone. This is an internal issue they need to directly face by changing their current business model to enhance employee rights. How do you think Walmart should handle this ongoing challenge?

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3 Responses to Walmart’s Wrongs & Rights

  1. Mary Kenney says:

    I don’t think that re-branding at this point will do much but they should try to do something. They should definitely change their training video to be more positive. It is going to come to a point when no one wants to work for Walmart. They should start an internal campaign to make a more welcoming and encouraging work environment. The path they are currently on is unsustainable for business.

  2. Johana Soto says:

    I think it is very interesting that they never really made an effort to try to make themselves appear better in the public’s eye. They are such a large company and for them to be known as discriminatory is a big blow to their consumers appreciation of the company. They won’t get as many workers and the ones that are willing to work for them, they’ll probably ask for more money. They should try to create some sort of campaign designed for their workers.

  3. Matthew Covert says:

    Wal Mart is a huge company that should take better care of its workers. I remember the last time they had an increase in their baseline pay they released a huge video, starring the CEO, congratulating themselves for it. They aggressive business models shut out small business. Wal Mart has done an excellent job as presenting itself as a good company. This isn’t new and nothing will change until a business model change occurs. Until then PR can only do so much to keep the complaints quiet.

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