X

Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court to Block Gender Bias Suit

Mammoth suit shouldn't go to trial, company argues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – 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.

story continues below

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.
(Read more Walmart stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X