The Supreme Court may have told the millions of women who faced gender discrimination while working at Walmart to go home, but the women have made it clear they are not going anywhere. And they plan to keep bringing issues of working place discrimination to light till they get their day in court.
In Texas and California, employees from the original complaint, along with more women who have since come forward, are filing a new suit alleging discriminatory pay and promotions practices by the retail giant. Additional suits in other states are expected in the coming months.
Walmart continues to deny any wrongdoing and promises to fight any additional suits as vigorously as it fought the Dukes case.
In the Texas suit the allegations sound very familiar. The suit charges ongoing, widespread denial of promotions and equal pay to female employees throughout Texas. For example, managers told women to just accept the fact that the men get paid more because they have families to support and that they should just be happy with the money they were making.
The question remains whether or not the regional suits will ultimately face the same fate as the Dukes case–and that is there are simply too many women alleging a diffuse environment of gender discrimination to meet the strict standards of commonality required to maintain a class action. Unfortunately for millions of women, Walmart may truly prove to be too big to sue.
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