To show interest in a promotion, most employees would apply for the job.
But one worker claimed to have experienced sex discrimination, which discouraged her from applying for a promotion. Here’s a breakdown of the recent case.
Deterred from applying
Sarah Hernandez worked at several Walmart stores in Illinois. She was a good employee and eventually became a manager in training.
However, upon completing the training program, Hernandez says she was treated differently than male trainees. Hernandez claims her manager made it clear he would not support her for a promotion. She also alleges she was disciplined more severely than her male counterparts.
Because of these issues, Hernandez didn’t apply for the promotion. She was later fired, and she sued for sex discrimination.
Walmart argued there could be no sex discrimination since Hernandez never applied for the promotion, but the court disagreed.
It said that Hernandez offered enough evidence to potentially prove she was deterred from applying for the promotion because she was a woman. The case is ongoing.
Cite: Hernandez v. Walmart Stores, Inc., 7/20/20.