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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