If Walmart Bullies Its Way Into NYC, Gay Employees Will Still Be Screwed Over (But Not Fireable)

Walmart has already convinced South African regulators its $4 billion purchase of a majority stake in the domestic retailer Massmart. But the world’s largest chain has yet to sway New York City officials — and now the press release factory known as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is joining the fight to keep it that way. Letting Walmart enter the NYC market will mean “the expansion of antiquated employment policies that provide little to no protections for, and at times even hostility toward, their L.G.B.T. employees,” the group argues. (Costco and Walgreens, which already have set up shop in the area, are better for gays, says NGLTF.) How does the company respond to anti-gay claims? By pointing to its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Associate Resource Group, “where employees can build a sense of community.” No, the resource group is where they figure out how to pay the healthcare benefits for their same-sex partners (which Walmart won’t pay) and how not to get fired for being gay (which Walmart doesn’t guarantee). Luckily, the city’s own Human Rights Law bars such discrimination. [image via]