Tammy Hesterberg, a former director of customer development- international for Tyson, claimed in a lawsuit filed in 2014 that her salary, bonuses, wage increases and other benefits were less than what her male counterparts received for equal work.
The complaint also stated that Hesterberg was told she was ready to be promoted to a vice president position, but the promotion never came.
When vice president positions came open, the positions were filled by males and sometimes before she
knew the positions had opened, according to the complaint.
"The more vocal Plaintiff became about her
desire to be promoted into a vice president position, the more her
annual reviews suffered," an amended complaint said.
met or exceeded her
objective goals and had established an excellent rapport with her
customer contacts at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
was rated worse and worse on the subjective elements of her
Plaintiff went from a "ready to promote" rating on Defendant's talent review scale to a "needs improvement" rating."
was fired on Aug. 29, 2014, as part of a "reduction in force" shortly after Tyson Foods
acquired The Hillshire Brands Company
was targeted because of her
age and gender.
The complaint said Hesterberg
was the only female on the Walmart team and the oldest director when she