Thursday, March 31, 2011

Workers, It’s Open Season on Bosses!

The Supreme Court is currently determining whether to hear a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart for gender discrimination. According to the LA Times, the case is the largest job-discrimination case in history, affecting nearly two million women.

According to the California Employment Lawyer Blog, Wal-Mart claims to have no difference in pay between men and woman at 90% of their stores. However, numerous women have come forward claiming that they were paid less than men for doing the same work, or that they were passed over for men when being considered for promotions. One woman said that her boss told her that a man was promoted over her because he had a family to support, according to Democracy Now, even though the woman was a single mother.

Numerous large companies, including Intel, have come out in support of Wal-Mart, claiming that this law suit is too big and will result in an “open season” against large national corporations, as if this were somehow a bad thing. The real problem is that workers and the public at large have any sympathy whatsoever for large corporations and bosses. Open season on corporations is a good thing and should be the rallying cry for workers and the public as a whole. Indeed, we should all declare open season on corporations and the ruling elite, too. In fact, while we’re at it, let’s declare open season on wage slavery and the entire economic system that allows so many people to live with such privation and misery, deprived of health care, decent housing and nutrition, while the richest 1% posses 40% of the nation’s wealth and enjoy healthier, longer lives, lavish homes and all of the social power.

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