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Rolling Back the Discrimination | News Features | Advocate.com

Posted: June 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Rolling Back the Discrimination | News Features | Advocate.com

Gus Kenworthy

Despite Walmart's policy forbidding anti-gay discrimination, 18 year old Fernando Gallardo alleges a Las Vegas location's supervisor forced him to wear "a yellow vest no one else had to wear, much like Jews had to wear a yellow star of David in Hitler's Germany." After filing a complaint with Walmart HR to no avail, he's now taking on America's largest retailer with a Nevada Equal Rights Commission complaint. At Advocate.com, Michelle Garcia says "if his claims are found to be true, Gallardo could be entitled to monetary compensation amounting to $114,000 and a position at another Walmart store."

Walmart corporate spokesman Phil Keene explained the yellow vest as "a rotation through the position of 'May I Help You' associate," in which "associates in this role wear a vest so customers can identify them and ask for help in finding products that may have been temporarily moved to a new spot." Gallardo alleges he was "completely ignored and shunned" during his 2 months as an employee.

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