Monday, June 20, 2011

Supreme Court throws out huge discrimination suit against Wal-Mart

The Supreme Court rules that the lawsuit, which claimed that Wal-Mart discriminated against 1.5 million female workers, did not qualify as a class action.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a huge class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that contended the retail giant had systematically discriminated against 1.5 million of its female workers.
By a 5-4 vote, the court said the entire suit must be ended because the plaintiffs could not show that Wal-Mart had a common policy of discriminating against women....more

Walmart sex discrimination class action rejected

Retail giant victorious in gender bias case as US supreme court rules against 1.6m workers' collective claims

Dominic Rushe in New York,

Walmart plaintiff Betty Dukes speaks to the press in March 2011. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters
The US supreme court has rejected the biggest sex discrimination case in history, ruling it was too large to bring to trial.

The massive gender bias case against retail giant Walmart claimed that 1.6 million of the firm's current and former employees were subject to discrimination. The suit began nearly 10 years ago when it was originally filed on behalf of employee Betty Dukes and five of her co-workers. The women claimed they had been passed over for promotions and paid less than male employees...more

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