March 10, 2009

Black Truckers Win Big Wal-Mart Settlement

Black truck drivers who claimed that Wal-Mart discriminated against them have reached a settlement of $17.5 million, although the company denies any wrongdoing.

The 23 drivers who filed suit will also receive priority job placement for future work with the company.

According to the Associated Press, figures show that 15 percent of truckers were black from 2000 to 2005.

However, in that five-year period only 4 percent to 6 percent of Wal-Mart’s 8,000 truckers were black, and none of the hiring committees at Wal-Mart’s various sites had a strong representation of blacks, despite a rule that the panels have 50 percent minority membership.

— Brittany Owens/Newsdesk.org

Source:

“Retail giant Wal-Mart settles suit by black truck drivers”
Associated Press, February 20, 2009

36 thoughts on “Black Truckers Win Big Wal-Mart Settlement

  1. hi i also appied with walmart and was not hired , my name is willie dixon , 5847 no th 13cth street philadelphia, pa . 19141 2156943395

  2. hello i am a over the road truck driver, i also did app with walmart in alabama and was not hired. harold teal 1163 rosedale dr. montgomery, al 36107 apr 1, 2009 09:00am

  3. I was a inderpendent driver there, doing that time and i was discriminated against Leroy Love of jacksonville fl 4347 Bedivere rd.32208

  4. Hello, I am a Licensed CDL driver that applied for an over the road driving position with Walmart in Flint,Michigan and was not hired. Raymond.M.Tucker 4813 walnut Peak dr Bldg #5 Flint,Michigan 48532

  5. Hi, my name is Vincent Petit-Frere, I applied with wal-mart for the position of truck driver, and all I received was; sorry you may apply later after 90 days.

  6. i app @ walmart as a cdl truck driver in 2006,and was denied. told positions were already filled. im from tampa fl.

  7. hi my name is clifton l williams i appliad with wal-mart for the position of atruck driver ,and all i received was ,sorry you may apply later after 90 days.

  8. I ALSO APPLIED FOR A DRIVER POSITION WITH WALMART AND I WAS NOT HIRED EITHER.3876 WOODLAKE DRIVE ,HEPHZIBAH,GA 30815.

  9. Hello I applied for driver with wal-mart in 2005 and 2006 I was told that I would be call if was surlected

  10. I apply for walmart for driver in 2000 and 2001 have not hear for him samuel stevenson april 15 2009 3:01 pm

  11. was recently fired by walmart for being in a relationship outside of work with a female employee. looking for a lawyer to represent my case help. 612-310-3990

  12. i was discouraged because my brother applied and he had a perfect drivers record if they would not hire him then what reason would they hire me my drivers record is also very good so i build up my courge to apply in searcy nerver hearing from them again during 2001 2002.

  13. I applied for a CDL OTR job with Walmart in June 2004, and later in 2006, and as recent as November of 2008. I was discourage from seeking employment stating we are not hiring in your area and all driving postions are filled.Later I was told you need to live on the East Coast. I live in the Midwest. Sherrybear@mail.com

  14. I Applied for CDL OTR job with Walmart twice on the web in 2007 -2008 never received no information back from mail nor web.Have seven year and eight month experience with clean MVR over the road. I,M from Mississippi

  15. i applied for a job in feb.2009 and still have not heard nothing yet. how do i get in on the lawsuit?

  16. How many truckers were in this lawsuit and how much would they receive? Plus when will they start hiring black truckers

  17. I APPLIED FOR A CDL OTR JOB WITH WAL-MART STARTING IN 1997 TRO 2004. I HAD ONE INTERVIEW AND THEY TOLD ME EVERTHING LOOKED GOOD. AND 1 WEEK LATER I GOT A LETTER. I HAVE OVER 20 YEAR OF OTR DRIVERING AND A CLEAN MVR.I WORKED FOR WALMART IN THE CENTERPOINT AS A SHIPPING SUPERVISOR AND I DROVE AS A OTR. TRIPS TO SC AND VA 5 DAYS A WEEK. THEY TOLD ME I COULD NOT HAVE A BK IN SERVICE AND I HAD OVER 500000 MILES AT THIS TIME.APPLYED IN NC SC GA PA OH MI TN DEL WIS VA.THE OPSMGR IN VA WAS MY BOSS IN NC AND THEY TOLD ME EVERY THING LOOKED GOOD. WHEN I CALL ABOUD MY LETTER THEY TOLD ME BECAUSE THE TRUCK I WAS DRIVEING AT THE TIME WAS A 2004 PET I WOULD NOT FIT IN DRIVEING A WALMART TRUCK AND THEY SAID THAT IN WOULDN’T LIKE THE JOB. I DROVE 4.5 HRS TO GET THERE IN MY CAR.WILLIAM KING FAYETTEVILLE NC.

  18. i applied here in michigan coldwater..the only response i got was a letter saying they didnt have opening i applied again in 2004 never got a response,,i have a clean mvr,,and at the time at least 500.000 miles driving with no incedents.

  19. my names is edward williams i apply for and. ort driver for walmart i live here in atlanta ga, in june 15 2001 i never heard. from walmart i have 4000.000miles under my belt so waltmart will not hire black at all. sincerly edward williams

  20. I have applied several times with walMART FOR OVER THE ROAD DRIVING I HAD 28 YEARS OF SERVING AND DRIVING A RIG. i WOULD JUST LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED how has won the train sew. I know there is suoo could i please be noyifriat my resed3d How do i found the list uf cold drinkwq. please put up the li9wwww

  21. I was called by walmart to come for an interview in Bakersfield, CA.I live in Phoenix, AZ.I drove my car there ,paid for lodging and food . During the interview i was told i was going to be interviewed by The drivers and Mng.. During the driver interview i noticed some of the questions didn’t seem right but never questioned them.During the interview i was told to go and site in the drivers room to see if i would get along with the other drivers. Well i didnt no any of them and most of them where caucasians who didn’t really no me or didn’t wish to speak to me.After the interview i returned to Phoenix and i did get a letter denying me employment. I wrote to Walmart in Ark. and got the same. So i did file a claim of job discrimination with The EEOC in Phoenix after 60 days they sent me a right to sue letter and said they found no wrong during ,this had to be in 2001 or 2002.So the government has none for years this was going on.I was notified by Wal-Mart settlement administers and sent back the paperwork.Im kind of lurry about the amount of the settlement after everyone’s included. But maybe God will be watching over it.

  22. Say no to racist bigotry. As a matter of fact we should boycot places all over the country non and union places where there is no representation of groups considered by prejudices darker skin. What needs to happen in this country is that all groups considered minorities should boycot in strategic ways places all over the country that are known to practice such schemes. Rather than getting all the money focus on just plain education such as the united negro college fund. Let’s organize strategic boycut places and also legal firms to take on lawsuits against bigotry and discrimination. That also doing investigations and full boycut to anything where the kkk has it’s hands thru products and corporations.

  23. Prior to Retirement from the Military with 28yrs of Service,one of my primary jobs was in Transportation and Logistics. Wal-Mart was advertising “OTR-Drivers Wanted, since I already have my CDL “A” w/Endosements and needing a Job, I appiled at one of their Distribution Center, here in Symrna, Delaware back in 2006. I went on a interview, plus provided them copies of my Lic (Civ/Military) also Driver’s Record from DMV, to include my Military Driver’s Records indicating Total Milages and what types of vehicles I’m qualified to operate. I rec’d a letter a week later telling me that I wasn’t qualified because I didn’t have enough road expirience and here I have drove all across this country,traveling through major cities, like New York, Chicargo,Pa, where traffic is very heavy and overseas especially in a hostle enviorments with a total accumlated milage over 250,000 miles with no accidents/incidents. And they said I wasn’t qualified. My question to them (Wal-Mart) do they have a “Driver’s Training Program”? there answer (Wal-mart)was “No”.

  24. In 2001 I applied for an OTR position with Wal-Mart in Indianapolis and was told that I would be notified when a position became available. At the time that I applied they had posted an add in the newspaper and on television stating that they were looking for drivers to fill positions that were supposedly open. I contacted them a few weeks later and I was told taht they were not hiring any drivers.

  25. I DID NOT POST A COMMENT LIKE THAT ON THIS BOOK. I APPLIED FOR A OTR JOB FROM 1997 TRO 2004 HAD 1 INTERVIEW AND GOT 4 OR 5 TURN DOWN LETTERS.I HAD WORKED FOR THE COMPANY AS A SUPERVISOR IN THE CENTERPOINT IN NC.ABOUT 4 YEARS THEY TOLD ME THAT I NEEDED TO KEEP DRIVEING SO I WOULD NOT HAVE A BK IN MY DRIVEING SO I WORKED ON THE DOCK AT NIGTHT AND RUN LOADS UP TO VA AND DOWN TO SC IN THE DAY TIME, SO I COULD KEEP MY MILES.IWOULD HAVE HAD A GOOD TIME MEETING NEW DRIVERS IN OTHERS DC’S ALL I WANTED IS THE CHANCE TO DO THE JOB.NO MORE NO LESS.MAY THE LOVE OF ARE GOD AND HIS SON KEEP YOU ALL.

  26. I’d applied in Nov. of 2005,at one of their Distribution Center in Va. Spoke to their human resource director and was told to try back in Jan.2006. Contacted the sister again in HR Dept. and was told I didn’t have enough otr exp. at that time I had all my endorsements,NTH,over 555k otr w/ Jbunt,Werner,and Coca-cola..After that turn down I’ve decided to take destiny in my own hands..Today I am a successful owner operator..Hauling Battery core Back-Forth from 95n to 95s.. Smith and Keller says: Always leave yourself an out spot!!..Don’t let them box you in.. Rise Up!! Sons and Daughters of YIsrael!!

  27. Hello I’m Thomas Miles of Evergreen, AL
    at the time I applied for a postion at Wal-Mart,as a truck driver, I was well and driving for KLLM out of Jackson, MS. I applied at several locations: Ala, GA, and TX. To no avail, I too was denied, turn down,and rejected. In September 2003 I suffer three brain aryneruisnm and a stroke which left me not able to drive ever, and the state of Alabama took my license away. There was a cliche that was among the drivers on the road which went like this, “How can you tell when a Wal-Mart truck was stolen? Answer: When you saw black man driving a Wal-Mart truck. This lawsuit only entails that there is some justice still existing in this country. Thomas Miles of ALA

  28. I applied twice to Wal-Mart and was denied because of race related sanctions During the years 2002-2003.

  29. I also aplied at walmart. I too was turned down. The resons were unclear. Seeing how i was already employed with Knight trans. for 5 yrs. All rascism eventually comes out, sooner or later.You cant hide your true heart. Rascism is ONLY in America, so sad!!!

  30. If you were all denied employment, where is your cheque? The truly sad thing is that there hasn’t been any justice done. Money for racism? Materials for inhumane treatment? Stop laying down and taking it. The entire collapse of the Wal-Mart Corp. would be the moral verdict for such issues. There’ll always be racism, in every corner of every place. Humans are just too predictable for it to be any other way.

  31. THE HUMAN RACE HAS TO WANT TO CHANGE,THEN ONLY WILL THIS WORLD CHANGE.UNTIL THEN KEEP SURRPORTING WAL-MART.KEEP COMPLANTING……..THERE ARE POWER IN NUMBERS ALL OF THE HUMAN RACE …ALL OF THE HUMAN RACE…THE HUMAN RACE MARCHED..AND NOW WE VOTE…SO NOW ITS TIME THAT WE TAKE A STAND ONCE AGAIN…ALL THE HUMAN RACES STANDING TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN…LOOK OUT WAL-MART

  32. Wal-Mart said it will pay $17.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by black truck drivers who claimed the retailing giant discriminated against them. The worlds largest retailer said in a release the settlement documents were submitted to federal court on Feb. 20.