Four women have filed a class action lawsuit against Ingles Markets Inc., the largest grocery store chain in the Southeast. The women claim the store discriminates against female employees by denying promotions, management opportunities, equal pay and desirable job assignments.
“When I met with my superiors to discuss my interest in an assistant store manager position, they tried to discourage me by asking questions about my child care arrangements, and emphasizing the long hours that I’d have to work and the difficulty of the jobs that I’d have to learn,” said Pennie Weddington of Georgia.
The plaintiffs also reported that men that they trained were often promoted into jobs over them.
Attorneys for the women, Sapertsein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, have previously succeeded in discrimination cases against Home Depot and Publix Super Markets Inc. They have established a toll-free number, 1-800-557-6443, for women to report any discrimination they may have encountered while working for Ingles.