Wal-Mart Stores' chief executive kicked off an image-conscious newspaper ad campaign today by telling The Associated Press that the constant criticism against the company feels like "being nibbled to death by guppies."
Lee Scott is in New York today giving interviews to combat his Arkansas-based company's reputation for not paying well and having
minimal full-time workers. Scott told the A-P that the world's largest retailer's average pay is about twice the minimum wage and that 74 percent of hourly workers are full-time, with full health and life insurance benefits, company stock and a 401K retirement plan.
Lawsuits accuse Wal-Mart of bias against women employees and not
paying employees for all the hours they work. Several communities have fought to keep Wal-Mart stores out, including a heavily publicized referendum in Inglewood, California.
Scott says he wants community decision-makers to have Wal-Mart's
side of the story when they consider whether to allow the company to build more stores.