A Walmart delivery driver says the uniform pants provided by the company are “impossible” for women to wear.
She is now suing the company, saying Walmart does not pay for uniform expenses incurred by the female employees who have to buy other pants, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in Alabama.
Diana Webb, who has worked as a Walmart delivery driver since July 2020, says in the federal lawsuit she was forced to buy her own pants for the job, calling it “an economic expense her male colleagues have not suffered.”
But in a statement provided to McClatchy News, Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove said Webb was not required to wear the provided pants.
“Walmart is committed to providing our private fleet drivers with various clothing options to meet our guidelines,” Hargrove said. “No associate, male or female, is required to wear company provided pants. Months before the lawsuit was filed, Ms. Webb was fitted for company provided pants which she now has. We continue to review our clothing offerings for male and female drivers. We take these allegations seriously and will respond in court as appropriate.”
Still, the lawsuit says Walmart requires its delivery driver employees to wear a uniform consisting of pants and a shirt — both of which are provided by the company — or face termination. The company also provides laundry services for the provided uniform.
The lawsuit says both male and female delivery drivers are given male pants, which are “uncomfortable and poorly-fitting for the female drivers.”
Due to anatomical differences in women and men, it is “impossible” for women to wear the pants, the lawsuit alleges.
“Female drivers are therefore required to either suffer discomfort, or purchase and launder their own pants, out of their own pocket, with no option for reimbursement, in order to fulfill Walmart’s employment requirements,” the lawsuit says.