Walmart has agreed to pay $1 million to settle federal claims against it for selling uniforms that made it appear the stores were offering “glamour and elegance.”
The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission is one of a number that the FTC filed this week against several retailers and brands in response to the agency’s investigation into the company’s marketing practices.
In November, the FTC said Walmart’s sales practices led to consumers buying uniforms with a “brazen disregard for the safety of the consumers they were intended to serve.”
According to the FTC, Walmart sold fake, brightly-colored uniforms at its namesake stores and its discount department stores, and made false and misleading statements about the nature and purpose of those uniforms.
It also said it “frequently” sold fake uniforms with “sensationalistic” designs and that it failed to warn consumers about the danger of wearing these uniforms.
In addition to the $1.4 million settlement, Walmart agreed to donate $750,000 to a charitable foundation that assists victims of trafficking.
It is also providing a $1,000 gift to a local food pantry.
The FTC said in a statement that the settlement “shares the FTC’s long-standing commitment to protect consumers and the environment.”
It added that the company will continue to work to ensure its customers have the most up-to-date information about the uniforms they purchase.