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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores has been saying in its commercials and marketing materials that it's a major proponent of employee diversity. Now the world's largest retailer aims to prove it by revealing how many women and minorities it employs on its Web site, http://Walmartfacts.com.
This is the first time the retailer has made public the gender and racial hiring and promotion data it submits to the Department of Labor's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Wal-Mart has been pressured by religious investors and workers rights groups to prove it is meeting verbal commitments to increase diversity and prevent discrimination. The company faces a class-action discrimination lawsuit on behalf of all current and former U.S. female employees.
On the Web site, Wal-Mart said that in 2005, 32 percent of its 1.34 million employees in the United States were minorities or women. Broken down by occupational group, minorities or women accounted for 21 percent of top officers and managers, 20 percent of professionals, and 33 percent of sales workers.