Wal-Mart Pep Rally Mending Fences with Employees

June 6, 2003
Posted at: 5:37 p.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott is using the company's annual meeting to mend fences with some employees.

The company has been accused of being unfair to workers. But Scott says managers who don't follow company policy need to find jobs somewhere else.

He spoke today at the company's annual meeting, which tends to have a pep-rally atmosphere.

Scott says Wal-Mart has to be an attractive place to work if it is to continue growing. He encouraged all $1.4 million Wal-Mart employees to use the company's open-door policy if they witness impropriety.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest company measured by sales, faces lawsuits that allege employees were forced to work unpaid overtime and that women do not have the same chances for promotion as men.

Scott said the company insists on fairness and equal access to pay and promotion. He says the company must make sure all workers are paid for the hours they work.

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