2010+A+Million+Women+Against+Walmart

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August 30, 2010 A Million Women vs. Wal-Mart For nine years, Wal-Mart has fought to stave off a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company has long discriminated against its female workers in pay and promotions. So far it has avoided a trial on the merits of the issue. The battleground instead is whether the million or so women who have worked for Wal-Mart since 2001 really constitute a class, which the company vigorously disputes. In 2004, a federal district court judge said they did, and in April the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, ruling the case could proceed. Now Wal-Mart has taken the class issue to the Supreme Court. It is probably a smart legal move, given the court’s clear tendency to rule in favor of corporations, particularly when big classes or discrimination claims are involved. We hope the court resists the temptation to toss out the case, which would force women to file lawsuits one by one. Wal-Mart’s employment practices deserve a full hearing. The case originally began with seven female employees of Wal-Mart who realized that men were
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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