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BREAKING: SCOTUS To Hear Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

BREAKING: SCOTUS To Hear Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court announced its plan to examine the largest employment class action in history, announcing that it will consider throwing out a claim that Wal-Mart pays women less then men and promotes women less frequently.

The case has the potential to impact between 500,000 and 1.5 million women who work or once worked for the country’s largest private employer.

The review comes at Wal-Mart’s request.  The retail giant is appealing a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to have the class certification set aside.  If the Supreme Court agrees, it could force the plaintiffs to start at square one with their claims–on a lawsuit already in the legal pipeline for years.  It would also mean Wal-Mart would have the ability to deal with plaintiffs individually or face a much smaller class if the claims proceed again as a class action.

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10:13PM PST on Dec 13, 2010

Noted. thanx

2:25AM PST on Dec 12, 2010

What will really happen will be that Wal-mart will hear the SCOTUS case, in a motel room somewhere accompanied by duffel bags full of currency. SCOTUS is not, please understand, corrupt, they just all happen to be wild about duffel bags.

8:15PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Don't do Walmart, never have and never will

Sometimes, _morals_ must trump lower prices.

7:54PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Thanks....hope the ladies at least get a fighting chance...but given the status quo, that probably won't happen.

5:39PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

US legal system is too powerful which is not necessary do good to the public. More "help yourself" changes are necessary to the future American. In the case, Wal-mart vs. other non-productions wal street firms, is a better one. But the American need lawyer free alternative!!

3:18PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

How much do you want to bet that the ladies will lose...this is a business-friendly court especially to the minimum wage hiring entities...

11:45AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

After Walmart they should look at CVS!!!! You can count their managers with your eyes closed.

11:26AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

I hope this doesn't happen. Walmart set the standard for companies screwing their employees, it would be true justice if the courts made an example of them in the end. That would send a clear message that we will not tolerate discrimination for pennies off the price of a loaf of bread!

10:54AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Good Luck Ladies of Wal Mart.

But I'm not holding my breath. I fear the 9th Circuit's judgement will be set aside and it will be business as usual at Wal Mart. This SCOTUS has to go back to protecting people and the Constitution, not corporations.

9:01AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Let's hope it doesn't get set aside as Walmart would like.
Their issues with female employees are the reasons I haven't shopped at any WalMart for years.
Down with Discrimination!

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