America's biggest retailer wants the Supreme Court to reverse a decision exposing it to America's biggest class-action employment lawsuit. Wal-Mart has asked the court to overturn a decision from a lower court allowing a massive gender discrimination suit against it to proceed, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The plaintiff class could number up to 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees.
The suit alleges that Wal-Mart paid women less than men and passed them over for promotions that went to men. "The class is larger than the active-duty personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard combined making it the largest employment class action in history by several orders of magnitude," a Wal-Mart lawyer complained. The court is unlikely to take up the case until next year.
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