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Running Head: FACT PATTERN 1
Learning Plan 5.1 Assignment: Fact Pattern
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FACT PATTERN 2
Cortez v. Wal-Mart Stores 460 F.3d 1268 (10th Cir. 2006)
Introduction
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was founded by Sam Walton 56 years ago on July 2, 1962 and is the
largest retail corporation in the United States (Friedricks, 1995, para. 6). As of January 2018, the
retail chain had revenue of $500.34 billion, employs over 1.5 million people, and are considered
the nation’s largest private employer (Workplace Fairness, 2018, para. 7). Sam’s Club is a
membership warehouse subsidiary that is owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and was founded 35
years ago on April 7, 1983 (Friedricks, 1995, para. 9).
Wal-Mart and their subsidiary, Sam’s Club, have been in the spotlight a significant amount
of times in previous years for questionable employment practices. They are notorious for not
having the best employment practices in regard to employees. Many employees have filed
lawsuits pertaining to employment violations in the workplace. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. have over
5000 employment type lawsuits filed against them per year, averaging about 17 lawsuits a day
(Workplace Fairness, 2018, para. 2). The most frequent employment lawsuits are cases
regarding discrimination against female employees. Wal-Mart has been accused in lawsuits of
paying women less of a wage than men for the same type of work. Other questionable
employment practices that Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have been sued for by employees are wage
and hour discrepancies, gender identity, sexual orientation, and race and age discrimination (Van
Riper, 2005, para. 3).
A questionable employment practice by Sam’s Club had made long time employee, Robert
Cortez (plaintiff), age 48, decide to file a lawsuit for discrimination in violation of the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) (Walsh, 2016, p. 602). Cortez was qualified to be

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Running Head: FACT PATTERN Learning Plan 5.1 Assignment: Fact Pattern National American University - Online 1 FACT PATTERN 2 Cortez v. Wal-Mart Stores 460 F.3d 1268 (10th Cir. 2006) Introduction Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was founded by Sam Walton 56 years ago on July 2, 1962 and is the largest retail corporation in the United States (Friedricks, 1995, para. 6). As of January 2018, the retail chain had revenue of $500.34 billion, employs over 1.5 million people, and are considered the nation’s largest “private” employer (Workplace Fairness, 2018, para. 7). Sam’s Club is a membership warehouse subsidiary that is owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and was founded 35 years ago on April 7, 1983 (Friedricks, 1995, para. 9). Wal-Mart and their subsidiary, Sam’s Club, have been in the spotlight a significant amount of times in previous years for questionable employment practices. They are notorious for not having the best employment practices in regard to employees. Many employees have filed lawsuits pertaining to employment violations in the workplace. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. have over 5000 employment type lawsuits filed against them per year, averaging about 17 lawsuits a day (Workplace Fairness, 2018, para. 2). The most frequent employment lawsuits are cases regarding discrimination against female employees. Wal-Mart has been accused in lawsuits of paying women less of a wage than men for the same type of work. Other questionable employment practices that Wal-Mart and Sam’ ...
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