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Woman suing Walmart for gender discrimination: Enough is enough

Posted: Updated: Oct 3, 2012 09:27 PM CDT
Cheryl Phipps said she first experienced discrimination 11 years ago at Walmart. Cheryl Phipps said she first experienced discrimination 11 years ago at Walmart.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

One of the Tennessee plaintiffs listed in a Class Action lawsuit against Walmart on Tuesday said she first experienced gender discrimination more than a decade ago.

Cheryl Phipps worked at a Covington, Tennessee Walmart from 1993 to 2003 and again from 2005 until 2006.

Phipps said she worked her way up to become a department manager, and then a support team manager.

In 2001, Phipps claimed she first experienced gender discrimination when she applied to join Walmart's Management Trainee Program.

"When I went up and I told him I wanted to be on the program, to sign up for it he said that the store manager had told him ‘I wasn't good enough for it,'" Phipps told Nashville's News 2.

Phipps also claims she discovered she made less money than her male counterparts.

"I changed tires, I changed oil, I had done everything that the guys did and one of the guys there commented that he had gotten a 75 cent raise and I got a 25 cent raise, so it's like a slap in the face," Phipps said.

Despite years of experience and positive performance reviews, Phipps believes her gender is the reason she was not able to advance with the company.

"You're still pushed back, you can't go forward no matter how hard you try and they've [Walmart] got to get past that," said Phipps. "I just figured enough is enough you can only be pushed down so far."

Since the lawsuit was filed, Walmart issued a statement to Nashville's News 2 that reads:  "The class the plaintiffs now allege is no more appropriate than the nationwide class the Supreme Court has already rejected. Walmart has strong policies against discrimination. As we have said all along, these claims are unsuitable for class treatment because the situations of each individual are so different, and because the claims of these three plaintiffs are not representative of the hundreds of thousands of women who work at Walmart."

There are two other plaintiffs listed in the court documents, Bobbi Millner of Jackson, Tennessee and Shawn Gibbons of Cookeville, Tennessee.

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