A woman in Missouri is suing the world’s largest retailer for allegedly ripping off her clothing.
Kathleen Luebel, a registered nurse, says Walmart’s new clothing line is “the worst of everything” and that she’s going to sue for $1.4 million in damages.
She says she received a new dress in July that she wanted to wear.
But when she bought it at a Walmart in Missouri, it was no longer available, and the dress she wanted was not on sale.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Missouri and seeking class-action status, says that the new line is designed to sell “less than the same brand or service” and it’s “an unfair trade practice to deprive consumers of a quality product at prices lower than the cost of its production.”
Luebel says she has tried to shop at Walmart stores before, but always felt like a stranger at the store.
She’s also worried about her health.
Luebell says she’s never had a complaint about the new clothing she purchased, but she’s also concerned about what Walmart might do with the suit.
She filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which handles discrimination complaints, saying that she was treated unfairly because of her race and gender, and that the store is a “predatory, money-making” business.
Luesbel says that she has to wear a hospital gown and her husband’s uniform and it would be difficult to wear her new dress at Walmart.
Walton said in a statement to NBC News that the lawsuit was “premature.”
“We will defend the company’s policies, practices and procedures,” the statement said.
“We welcome a diversity of ideas and we’re pleased that our employees feel that Walmart respects their personal beliefs and has a commitment to diversity.”
Walton also said in its statement that it will continue to use a “discriminatory, gender-neutral” sales approach, and will “actively encourage employees to participate in the company-sponsored programs.”