Posted on November 13, 2019 Issues: Pregnancy, Parenting & the Workplace Workplace

On November 13, 2019 the federal district court granted the motion filed by A Better Balance, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC and the National Women’s Law Center for preliminary approval of 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 completing the claims process and then obtaining final court approval of the settlement in April 2020.

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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For immediate release: November 13, 2019
Contact: LySaundra Campbell (lcampbell@nwlc.org)

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