Sam's Club Sued

May 8, 2009 1:19:26 AM PDT
The Federal Government is suing the Sam's Club store in Fresno for alleged discrimination.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking three million dollars in damages for Latino employees who claim they were harassed and subjected to derogatory comments by a co-worker.

The federal lawsuit claims Sam's Club failed to stop the harassment after the employees complained to management. Melissa Barrios, the director of the local EEOC office says it's not an uncommon problem in this area. "The terms, derogatory statements, conduct, against particular persons national origin be they Latino or any other national origin certainly is a problem here in our Valley." She said.

Sam's Club is owned by Wal-Mart and a corporate spokesperson responded to the suit, saying the company values all employees and "We work hard to make sure they feel respected and valued in the workplace."

No trial date has been set for the lawsuit. Three employees are named in the complaint, but it could include up to ten workers. Under Federal Law they could be entitled to $300,000 each if a jury finds Sam's Club guilty.

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