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However, in California and ten other states, complaints from other pharmacies have resulted in Walmart being required to charge at least $9 for a month's supply of certain drugs.

The 2010 remodelings of their smaller stores shifting emphasis away from non-grocery products towards carrying grocery items carried by their supercenters, Sony VAIO VGN-CR120E/R Battery

has created a small backlash amongst some customers. The smaller and larger sizes in the adult clothing were discontinued as well as other available styles, forcing adult customers to look for clothing in the children's section, or shop with more expensive specialty "Big and Tall" stores for basic items such as jeans. Sony VAIO VGN-CR120E/W Battery

Their popular Wrangler and Faded Glory brands are not readily available through their on-line stores in the larger sizes, causing many of their customers to feel that Walmart has abandoned their needs. Sony VAIO VGN-CR125E/B Battery

The incomplete labeling system of the Great Value product line, to the dismay of consumers, usually does not list location of manufacture of the product.

Employee and labor relations

With close to two million employees worldwide, Walmart has faced a torrent of lawsuits and issues with regards to its workforce. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13/B Battery

These issues involve low wages, poor working conditions, inadequatehealth care, as well as issues involving the company's strong anti-union policies. Critics point to Walmart's high turnover rate as evidence of an unhappy workforce, although other factors may be involved. Approximately 70% of its employees leave within the first year. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13/L Battery

Despite the turnover rate the company still is able to affect unemployment rates. This was found in a study by Oklahoma State University which states, "Walmart is found to have substantially lowered the relative unemployment rates of blacks in those counties where it is present, Sony VAIO VGN-CR13/P Battery

but to have had only a limited impact on relative incomes after the influences of other socio-economic variables were taken into account."

Wages

The activist group Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) said "in 2006 Walmart reports that full time hourly associates received, Sony VAIO VGN-CR13/R Battery

on average, $10.11 an hour." It further calculated that working 34 hours per week an employee earns $17,874 per year and claimed that is about twenty percent less than the average retail worker. (The number of hours the "average retail worker" worked was not specified.) Sony VAIO VGN-CR13/W Battery

The report from LAANE further opines that this pay is "over $10,000 less than what the average two-person family needs."Walmart managers are judged, in part, based on their ability to control payroll costs. Some say this puts extra pressure on higher-paid workers to be more productive. Sony VAIO VGN-CR131E/L Battery

By contrast, Walmart insists its wages are generally in line with the current local market in retail labor, although direct comparisons are complicated because Walmart employs more part time workers, and the company's more extensive training, Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G Battery

supervision, and automation provides opportunity to workers with little or no experience or skills, which may account for wage differences. Walmart grants "full time" benefits to those working as little as 34 hours per week, but does not limit workers to just 34 hours per week. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/B Battery

The company does control labor costs by such ways as discouraging overtime, and by the use of "off the clock" labor. There have been numerous lawsuits against Walmart by former employees because of this problem. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/L Battery

Other critics have noted that in 2001, the average wage for a Walmart Sales Clerk was $8.23 per hour, or $13,861 a year, while the federal poverty line for a family of three was $14,630. Walmart founder Sam Walton once said, "I pay low wages. I can take advantage of that. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/P Battery

We're going to be successful, but the basis is a very low-wage, low-benefit model of employment."

In August 2006, Walmart announced that it would roll out an average pay increase of 6% for all new hires at 1,200 U.S. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/R Battery

Walmart and Sam's Club locations, but the same time would institute pay caps on veteran workers. While Walmart maintains that the measures are necessary to stay competitive, critics believe that the salary caps are primarily an effort to push higher-paid veteran workers out of the company. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13G/W Battery

Because Walmart employs part-time and relatively low paid workers, some workers may partially qualify for state welfare programs. This has led critics to claim that Walmart increases the burden on taxpayer-funded services. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13T/L Battery

A 2002 survey by the state of Georgia's subsidized healthcare system, PeachCare, found that Walmart was the largest private employer of parents of children enrolled in its program; one quarter of the employees of Georgia Walmarts qualified to enroll their children in the federal subsidized healthcare system Medicaid. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13T/P Battery

A 2004 study at the University of California, Berkeley charges that Walmart's low wages and benefits are insufficient, and although decreasing the burden on the social safety net to some extent, California taxpayers still pay $86 million a year to Walmart employees. Sony VAIO VGN-CR13T/R Battery

Working conditions

Walmart has also faced accusations involving poor working conditions of its employees. For example, a 2005 class action lawsuit in Missouri asserted approximately 160,000 to 200,000 people who were forced to work off-the-clock, Sony VAIO VGN-CR13T/W Battery

were denied overtime pay, or were not allowed to take rest and lunch breaks. In 2000, Walmart paid $50 million to settle a class-action suit that asserted that 69,000 current and former Walmart employees in Colorado had been forced to work off-the-clock. Sony VAIO VGN-CR15/B Battery

The company has also faced similar lawsuits in other states, including Pennsylvania,  Oregon, and  Minnesota. Class-action suits were also filed in 1995 on behalf of full-time Walmart pharmacists whose base salaries and working hours were reduced as sales declined,Sony VAIO VGN-CR150E/B Battery

resulting in the pharmacists being treated like hourly employees.

Walmart has also been accused of ethical problems. It is said that the Walmart employees are gender discriminated when trying to be hired and treated in the work area. In Duke vs. Walmart inc., Sony VAIO VGN-CR190 Battery

which was a discrimination case on behalf of more than 1.5 million current and former female employees of Walmart’s 3,400 stores across the United States. (9th circuit 2007) Dr. William Bliebly who evaluated Walmart’s employment policies "against what social science research shows to be factors that create and sustain bias and those that minimize bias” Sony VAIO VGN-CR190E/L Battery

(Bliebly) and he finished by saying, the men and women not being created equal in the workforce is what Walmart is doing and what they should essentially not be doing.

On October 16, 2006, approximately 200 workers on the morning shift at a Walmart Super Center in Hialeah Gardens, Sony VAIO VGN-CR190E/P Battery

Florida walked out in protest against new store policies and rallied outside the store, shouting "We want justice" and criticizing the company's recent policies as "inhuman." This marks the first time that Walmart has faced a worker-led revolt of such scale, according to both employees and the company. Sony VAIO VGN-CR190E/R Battery

Reasons for the revolt included cutting full-time hours, a new attendance policy, and pay caps that the company imposed in August 2006, compelling workers to be available to work any shift (day, swing or night), and that shifts would be assigned by computers at corporate headquarters and not by local managers. Sony VAIO VGN-CR190E/W Battery

Walmart quickly held talks with the workers, addressing their concerns. Walmart asserts that its policy permits associates to air grievances without fear of retaliation.

The 2004 report by U.S. Representative George Miller alleged that in ten percent of Walmart's stores, nighttime employees were locked inside, holding them prisoner. Sony VAIO VGN-CR19VN/B Battery

There has been some concern that Walmart's policy of locking its nighttime employees in the building has been implicated in a longer response time to dealing with various employee emergencies, or weather conditions such ashurricanes in Florida. Sony VAIO VGN-CR19XN/B Battery

Walmart said this policy was to protect the workers, and the store's contents, in high-crime areas and acknowledges that some employees were inconvenienced in some instances for up to an hour as they had trouble locating a manager with the key. Sony VAIO VGN-CR20 Battery

However, fire officials confirm that at no time were fire exits locked or employees blocked from escape. Walmart has advised all stores to ensure the door keys are available on site at all times. Sony VAIO VGN-CR21/B Battery

Child labor violations

In January 2004, The New York Times reported on an internal Walmart audit conducted in July 2000, which examined one week's time-clock records for roughly 25,000 employees. According to the Times, the audit, Sony VAIO VGN-CR21E/L Battery

"pointed to extensive violations of child-labor laws and state regulations requiring time for breaks and meals," including 1,371 instances of minors working too late, during school hours, or for too many hours in a day. Sony VAIO VGN-CR21E/P Battery

There were 60,767 missed breaks and 15,705 lost meal times.Walmart’s vice president for communications responded that company auditors had determined that the methodology used was flawed, and the company "did not respond to it in any way internally." Sony VAIO VGN-CR21E/W Battery

Use of illegal workers

Walmart has been accused of allowing illegal immigrants to work in its stores. In one case, federal investigators say Walmart executives knew that contractors were using illegal immigrants as they had been helping the federal government with an investigation for the previous three years. Sony VAIO VGN-CR21S/L Battery

Some critics said that Walmart directly hired illegal immigrants, while Walmart claims they were employed by contractors who won bids to work for Walmart.

On October 23, 2003, federal agents raided 61 Walmart stores in 21 U.S. states in a crackdown known as "Operation Rollback," Sony VAIO VGN-CR21S/P Battery

resulting in the arrests of 250 nightshift janitors who were undocumented. Following the arrests, a grand jury convened to consider charging Walmart executives with labor racketeering crimes for knowingly allowing illegal immigrants to work at their stores. Sony VAIO VGN-CR21S/W Battery

The workers themselves were employed by agencies Walmart contracted with for cleaning services. Walmart blamed the contractors, but federal investigators point to wiretapped conversations showing that executives knew some workers did not have the right papers. Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z/N Battery

The October 2003 raid was not the first time Walmart was found using unauthorized workers. Earlier raids in 1998 and 2001 resulted in the arrests of 100 workers without documentation located at Walmart stores around the country. Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z/R Battery

In November 2005, 125 alleged undocumented immigrants were arrested while working on construction of a new Walmart distribution center in eastern Pennsylvania. According to Walmart, the workers were employees of Walmart's construction subcontractor. Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/R Battery

Health insurance

As of October 2005, Walmart's health insurance covered 44% or approximately 572,000 of its 1.6 million U.S. workers. In comparison, Walmart rival and wholesaler Costco insures approximately 96% of its eligible workers, although Costco has been criticized by investors for its high labor costs. Sony VAIO VGN-CR23/B Battery

Walmart spends an average of $3,500 per employee for health care, 27% less than the retail-industry average of $4,800. When asked why so many Walmart workers choose to enroll in state health care plans instead of Walmart's own plan, Walmart CEO Lee Scott acknowledged that some states' benefits may be more generous than Walmart's own plan: Sony VAIO VGN-CR23/L Battery

"In some of our states, the public program may actually be a better value - with relatively high income limits to qualify, and low premiums." Critics of Walmart argue in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price that employees are paid so little they cannot afford health insurance. Sony VAIO VGN-CR23/N Battery

According to a September 2002 survey by the state of Georgia, one in four children of Walmart employees were enrolled in PeachCare for Kids, the state's health-insurance program for uninsured children, compared to the state's second-biggest employer,Sony VAIO VGN-CR23/P Battery

Publix, which had one child in the program for every 22 employees. A December 2004 nationwide survey commissioned by Walmart showed that the use of public-assistance health-care programs by children of Walmart workers was at a similar rate to other retailers' employees, and at rates similar to the U.S. population as a whole. Sony VAIO VGN-CR23/R Battery

On October 26, 2005, a Walmart internal memo sent to the firm's Board of Directors advised trimming over $1 billion in health care expenses by 2011 through measures such as attracting a younger, implicitly healthier work force by offering education benefits.Sony VAIO VGN-CR23/W Battery

The memo also suggested giving sedentary Walmart staffers, such as cashiers, more physically demanding tasks, such as "cart-gathering," and eliminating full-time positions in favor of hiring part-time employees who would be ineligible for the more expensive health insurance and several policy proposals which may violate theAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Sony VAIO VGN-CR240E/B Battery

The memo also accused Walmart's lower paid employees of abusing emergency room visits, "possibly due to their prior experience with programs such as Medicaid," whereas such visits may actually be due to the reduced ability of uninsured or underinsured people to make timely appointments to see a regular physician. Sony VAIO VGN-CR240N/B Battery

Critics point to this internal memo as evidence that Walmart purports to be generous with its employee benefits, while in reality the company is working to cut such benefits by reducing the number of full-time and long-term employees and discouraging supposedly unhealthy people from working at Walmart. Sony VAIO VGN-CR25G/N Battery

On January 12, 2006, the Maryland legislature enacted a law requiring that all corporations with more than 10,000 employees in the state spend at least eight percent of their payroll on employee benefits, or pay into a state fund for the uninsured. Sony VAIO VGN-CR290EAL Battery

Walmart, with about 17,000 employees in Maryland, was the only known company to not meet this requirement before the bill passed. On July 7, 2006, the Maryland law was overturned in federal court by a U.S. Sony VAIO VGN-CR290EAN Battery

District judge who held that a federal law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), preempted the Maryland law. In his opinion, the judge said that the law would "hurt Walmart by imposing the administrative burden of tracking benefits in Maryland differently than in other states." Sony VAIO VGN-CR290EAP Battery

Similar legislation in Wisconsin days later was defeated in the state legislature.

On April 17, 2006, Walmart announced it was making a health care plan available to part-time workers after one year of service, instead of the prior two-year requirement. Sony VAIO VGN-CR290EAR Battery

One criticism of the new plan is that it provides benefit only after a $1,000 deductible is paid ($3,000 for a family). These deductibles may financially be out of reach for eligible part-time workers. Walmart estimates this change can add 150,000 workers to health coverage plans, if all who are eligible take part. Sony VAIO VGN-CR290EAW Battery

By January 2007, the number of workers enrolled in the company's health care plans increased by 8%, which Walmart attributed to the introduction of less expensive insurance policies. Sony VAIO VGN-CR29XN/B Battery

However, even with this increase, less than half of Walmart's employees, or 47.4%, received health insurance through the company, with 10%, or 130,000, receiving no coverage at all.

In October 2001, a class action sexual discrimination lawsuit, Mauldin v. Walmart Stores, Inc., Sony VAIO VGN-CR305E/RC Battery

was filed against Walmart challenging the company's denial of health insurance coverage for prescription contraceptives. The lawsuit was certified for class action status, but later dropped by the plaintiffs in 2006 once Walmart agreed to change its health insurance policies. Sony VAIO VGN-CR31S/D Battery

In March 2008, Walmart sued a former Walmart employee, Deborah Shank, to recover the money it spent for her health care after she was brain-damaged, restricted to a wheelchair, and nursing home-bound after her minivan was hit by a truck. Sony VAIO VGN-CR323/W Battery

Walmart sued the former employee for $470,000 after she received a settlement from the accident, citing that company policy forbids employees from receiving coverage if they also win a settlement in a lawsuit. After a wave of bad publicity, Walmart dropped its suit. Sony VAIO VGN-CR33 Battery

New, full-time Walmart associates must work at least six months before being eligible to purchase the company's primary health insurance.

Labor union opposition

Walmart has been criticized for its policies against labor unions. Sony VAIO VGN-CR382 Battery

Critics blame workers' reluctance to join the labor union on Walmart anti-union tactics such as managerial surveillance and pre-emptive closures of stores or departments who choose to unionize. Sony VAIO VGN-CR490EBL Battery

Walmart states that it is not anti-union but, "pro-associate," arguing that its employees do not need to pay third parties to discuss problems with management as the company's open-door policy enables employees to lodge complaints and submit suggestions all the way up the corporate ladder. Sony VAIO VGN-CR490EBN Battery

In 1970, company's late founderSam Walton resisted a unionization push by the Retail Clerks International Union in two small Missouri towns by hiring a professional union buster to conduct an anti-union campaign. Sony VAIO VGN-CR490EBP Battery

On the union buster's advice, Walton also took steps to show his workers on how the company had their best interests in mind, encouraging them to air concerns with managers and implementing a profit-sharing program. Sony VAIO VGN-CR490EBR Battery

A few years later, Walmart hired a consulting firm, Alpha Associates, to develop a union avoidance program. Sony VAIO VGN-CR490EBT Battery

In 2000, meat cutters in Jacksonville, Texas voted to unionize and Walmart subsequently eliminated in-house meat-cutting jobs in favor of prepackaged meats on the claims that it cut costs and was a preventive measure to lawsuits. Sony VAIO VGN-CR490EBW Battery

Walmart claimed that the nationwide closing of in-store meat packaging had been planned for many years and was not related to the unionization.In June 2003, aNational Labor Relations Board judge ordered Walmart to restore the meat department to its prior structure, Sony VAIO VGN-CR50B/W Battery

complete with meat-cutting, and to recognize and bargain with the union over the effects of any change to case-ready meat sales.

Walmart's anti-union policies also extend beyond the United States. The documentary Wal-Mart: Sony VAIO VGN-CR51B/W Battery

The High Cost of Low Price, shows one successful unionization of a Walmart store in Jonquière,Quebec (Canada) in 2004, but Walmart closed the store five months later because the company did not approve of the new "business plan" a union would require?Sony VAIO VGN-CR520E/J Battery

In September 2005, the Québec Labor Board ruled that the closing of a Walmart store amounted to a reprisal against unionized workers and has ordered additional hearings on possible compensation for the employees, though it offered no details. Sony VAIO VGN-CR52B/W Battery

In March 2005, Walmart executive Tom Coughlin was forced to resign from its Board of Directors, facing charges of embezzlement. Coughlin claimed that the money was used for an anti-union project involving cash bribes paid to employees of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in exchange for a list of names of Walmart employees that had signed union cards. Sony VAIO VGN-CR590EBL Battery

He also claimed that the money was unofficially paid to him, by Walmart, as compensation for his anti-union efforts. In August 2006, Coughlin pleaded guilty to stealing money, merchandise, and gift cards from Walmart, but avoided prison time due to his poor health. Sony VAIO VGN-CR590EBN Battery

He was sentenced to five years probation and required to pay a $50,000 fine and $411,000 in restitution to Walmart and the Internal Revenue Service. A U.S. attorney has stated that no evidence was found to back up Coughlin's initial claims, Sony VAIO VGN-CR590EBP Battery

and Walmart continues to deny the existence of the anti-union program, though Coughlin himself apparently restated those claims to reporters after his sentencing.

Walmart has also had some run-ins with the German Ver.di labor union as well. Sony VAIO VGN-CR590EBR Battery

These issues, combined with cultural differences and low performing stores, led Walmart to pull out of the German market entirely in 2006.

In August 2006, Walmart announced that it would allow workers at all of its Chinese stores to become members of trade unions, Sony VAIO VGN-CR590EBT Battery

and that the company would work with the state-sanctioned All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) on representation for its 28,000 staff. However, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions has been criticized because it is the only trade union in China and as a tool of the government, Sony VAIO VGN-CR590EBW Battery

ACFTU has been seen as not acting in the best interest of its members (workers), bowing to the government pressure on industry growth and not defending workers' rights.

Imports and globalization

As a large customer to most of its vendors, Walmart openly uses its bargaining power to bring lower prices to attract its customers.Sony VAIO VGN-CR60B/L Battery

The company negotiates lower prices from vendors. For certain basic products, Walmart "has a clear policy" that prices go down from year to year. If a vendor does not keep prices competitive with other suppliers, they risk having their brand removed from Walmart's shelves in favor of a lower-priced competitor. Sony VAIO VGN-CR60B/P Battery

Critics argue that this pressures vendors to shift manufacturing jobs to China and other nations, where the cost of labor is less expensive.

In the mid-1990s, Walmart had a "Buy American" campaign. Yet by 2005, about 60% of Walmart's merchandise was imported, compared to 6% in 1995. Sony VAIO VGN-CR60B/R Battery

In 2004, Walmart spent $18 billion on Chinese products alone, and if it were an individual economy, the company would rank as China's eighth largest trading partner, ahead of Russia, Australia, and Canada. Sony VAIO VGN-CR61B/L Battery

One group estimates that the growing US trade deficit with China, heavily influenced by Walmart imports, is estimated to have moved over 1.5 million jobs that might otherwise be in America to China between 1989 and 2003. Sony VAIO VGN-CR61B/N Battery

According to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), "Walmart is the single largest importer of foreign-produced goods in the United States", their biggest trading partner is China, and their trade with China alone constitutes approximately 10% of the total US trade deficit with China as of 2004. Sony VAIO VGN-CR61B/P Battery

While the company certainly imports many products, it points out that it purchases goods from more than 68,000 US vendors, spending $137.5 billion in 2004, and supporting more than 3.5 million supplier jobs in the US. Sony VAIO VGN-CR61B/R Battery

Overseas labor concerns

Walmart has been criticized for not providing adequate supervision of its foreign suppliers. It has also been criticized for using sweatshops and prison labor. For example, in 1995, Chinese dissidentHarry Wu charged that Walmart was contracting prison labor in Guangdong Province. Sony VAIO VGN-CR62B/L Battery

However, Walmart says it does not use prison labor. There have also been reports of teenagers in Bangladeshworking in sweatshops 80 hours per week at $0.14 per hour, for Walmart supplier Beximco. The documentary film Wal-Mart: Sony VAIO VGN-CR62B/N Battery

The High Cost of Low Price shows images of factories that produce goods for Walmart that appear in poor condition, and factory workers subject to abuse and conditions the documentary producers consider inhumane. Sony VAIO VGN-CR62B/P Battery

According to Walmart and many self-described advocates of free trade, comparisons of wage levels between vastly different countries is not a useful way to assess the fairness of a trade policy. Sony VAIO VGN-CR62B/R Battery

The company also points out that wages paid to overseas workers are comparable to or exceed local prevailing wages. In that case, the company claims that the overseas manufacturing jobs it creates are often an improvement in the quality of life for its employees.Sony VAIO VGN-CR70B/W Battery

They have also drawn attention to the fact that factory jobs with its suppliers are often safer and healthier than local alternatives, which may include prostitution, the drug trade, or scavenging. Sony VAIO VGN-CR71B/W Battery

Walmart currently uses monitoring which critics say is inadequate and "leaves outsiders unable to verify" conditions. Since Walmart will not release its audits or factory names, outside organizations are left to simply take Walmart's word. Sony VAIO VGN-CR72B/W Battery

Critics suggest an agency such as Social Accountability International or the Fair Labor Association should do the monitoring. In 2004, Walmart began working with Business for Social Responsibility, a San Francisco, California-based nonprofit organization, to reach out to groups active in monitoring overseas plants. Sony VAIO VGN-CR90HS Battery

In June 2006, Walmart was excluded from the investment portfolio of The Government Pension Fund of Norway, which held stock values of about US$ 430 million in the company, due to a social auditinto alleged labor rights violations in Walmart operations in the United States, Sony VAIO VGN-CR90NS Battery

Canada, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.[104] Although Walmart did not respond to questions from the fund's auditors, it later claimed the decision "[doesn't] appear to be based on complete information". Sony VAIO VGN-CR90S Battery

Product selection

Walmart's product selection has been criticized by some groups in the past, primarily as viewed as a promotion of a particular ideology or as a response to its original rural, religious and conservative target market. Sony VAIO VGN-CR92HS Battery

In 2003, Walmart removed certain men's magazines from its shelves, such as Maxim, FHM, and Stuff, citing customer complaints regarding their racy content. Later that year, it decided to partly obscure the covers of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Redbook on store shelves due to "customer concerns", Sony VAIO VGN-CR92S Battery

and refused to stock an issue of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit special because it took exception to one photograph.

Since 1991, Walmart also has not carried music albums marked with the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA's) Parental Advisory Label Sony VAIO VGN-CS118E/Q Battery

(contradictory to the allowance of R-rated movies and video games rated Mature), although it carries edited versions of such albums, with obscenities removed or overdubbed with less offensive lyrics. In one example in 2005, Walmart rejected the original cover of country singer Willie Nelson's reggae album, Countryman, Sony VAIO VGN-CS118E/R Battery

which featured marijuana leaves, in an apparent pro-marijuana statement. To satisfy Walmart, the record label, Lost Highway Records, issued the album with an alternative cover, without recalling the original cover. Sony VAIO VGN-CS118E/W Battery

Walmart has never carried Marilyn Manson albums, solely because of the controversy surrounding the group, but recently began selling Nine Inch Nails albums after rejecting them for years. In fact, some albums that do not carry "Parental Advisory" stickers, include profanities and are not edited. Sony VAIO VGN-CS11S/P Battery

Such albums include Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. In 2009 Green Day refused to make an edited version of their album 21st Century Breakdown for Walmart, Sony VAIO VGN-CS11S/Q Battery

with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong claiming "You feel like you're in 1953 or something", thus the album is not carried by Walmart stores. However, Walmart's policy on carrying albums with the Parental Advisory Label seems to vary by country, as albums containing the label can be found in Canadian Walmart stores, for example. Sony VAIO VGN-CS11S/W Battery

In 1999, Walmart announced that it would not stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies, not citing any particular reasons except for a "business decision" that was made earlier. Sony VAIO VGN-CS11Z/R Battery

The move was criticized by family planning advocates, citing that women in small towns where Walmart pharmacies had little competition would have greater difficulties in obtaining the drug. Sony VAIO VGN-CS120J/P Battery

The decision was challenged in 2006, as three Massachusetts women filed suit against the company after they were unable to purchase emergency contraception at their local Walmart stores,[111]resulting in a ruling that required Walmart to stock the drug in all of its pharmacies in Massachusetts. Sony VAIO VGN-CS120J/Q Battery

Expecting that other states would soon do the same, Walmart reversed its policy and announced that it would begin to stock the drug nationwide, while at the same time maintaining its conscientious objection policy, allowing any Walmart pharmacy employee who does not feel comfortable dispensing a prescription to refer customers to another pharmacy. Sony VAIO VGN-CS120J/R Battery

Walmart has also been criticized for selling some controversial products. For example, in 2004 Walmart carried the anti-Semitic hoax The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in its online catalogue and Walmart's online product description suggested the text might be genuine[citation needed]. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190JTB Battery

The Jewish civil rights organization Anti-Defamation League wrote to the President of Walmart on September 2008 noting the text, "has been the major weapon in the arsenals of anti-Semites around the world," and called on Walmart to, "unequivocally state the nature of the book and to disassociate itself from any endorsement of it." Sony VAIO VGN-CS190JTP Battery

Walmart stopped selling the book shortly thereafter.

In October 2004, Walmart canceled its order for The Daily Show's America (The Book) after discovering a page that depicts each US Supreme Court judge nude. A week later, it returned copies of comedian George Carlin's When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, Sony VAIO VGN-CS190JTQ Battery

with a cover recreating The Last Supper with Jesus' seat empty and Carlin (an avowed atheist) seated next to it. The company claimed that the copies were shipped to it by mistake and a Walmart spokeswoman said she did not "believe this particular product would appeal" to its customer base. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190JTR Battery

In January 2006, Walmart was criticized for the recommendation system on its website which suggested that some black-related DVDs, such as Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and documentaries on Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. were similar to the Planet of the Apes television series DVD box set. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190JTW Battery

It quickly corrected the page, saying that it was a software glitch, but ultimately blamed the matter on human error.

Taxes

Until the mid-1990s, Walmart took out corporate-owned life insurance policies on its employees including "low-level" employees such as janitors, cashiers, and stockers. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NAB Battery

This type of insurance is usually purchased to cover a company against financial loss when a high-ranking employee (i.e. management) dies, and is usually known as "Key Man Insurance." Critics derided Walmart as buying what they called "Dead Peasants Insurance" or "Janitor Insurance." Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NAC Battery

Critics, as well as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, charge that the company was trying to profit from the deaths of its employees, and take advantage of the tax law which allowed it to deduct the premiums. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NAD Battery

The practice was stopped in the mid-1990s when the federal government closed the tax deduction and began to pursue Walmart for back taxes.

2010 Race Incident

On March 18, 2010 at the store in Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey an announcement was made allegedly saying: Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NBB Battery

"Attention Walmart customers - all black people leave the store now". Company spokesperson Ashley Hardie described the incident as 'unacceptable'.Walmart has said they will change their policy with regard to who can have access to their public address system.Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NCA Battery

The intercom system at the particular store was modified to prevent such breaches in future.

Two days later, on March 20, the suspect, a 16-year-old male, was arrested and charged with bias intimidation and harassment by Washington Township police. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NCB Battery

It seems the youth is suspected of being the perpetrator in a similar but less substantiated earlier incident at the same store. Sony VAIO VGN-CS190NCC Battery

The NAACP President for the state of New Jersey said the incident was a reminder we have a way to go before we arrive at 'decency and equality' but on the other hand the NAACP has acknowledged the steps Walmart has taken for diversity. Sony VAIO VGN-CS50B/W Battery

Harm to endangered species

In 2007, it was revealed that furniture sold at Walmart was made from wood which had been illegally logged in protected Russian habitats for Siberian tigers and other wildlife. Walmart promised to stop selling products that used wood from those areas, but not until the year 2013. Sony VAIO VGN-CS51B/W Battery

Homage to Augusto Pinochet

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