Wal-Mart already responding to lawsuit issues

(June 24, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- A lawsuit against Wal-Mart that has become the largest civil rights case in U-S history could lead to changes within the company and elsewhere in the retail market. Wal-Mart has already changed some policies since it became the target of a lawsuit alleging discrimination against female employees. Analyst Daniel Barry noted the company has already announced plans to tie executive bonuses to new corporate diversity goals that include the promotion of minorities and women in proportion to the number that apply for management positions. This week, a federal judge in San Francisco approved class-action status for the lawsuit representing as many as one-point-six million current and former employees.