Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Former Wal-Mart Employee can Proceed with her Sex Discrimination Case--15 Years Later

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed one woman's sex discrimination claims against Wal-Mart to (finally) move forward.  The decision is Odle v. Wal-Mart Stores (5th Cir. Mar. 31, 2014).  Odle was one of the original plaintiffs in the class action Dukes case against Wal-Mart, but then former employees like were excluded from the class of current employees, and then the Supreme Court decertified the national class.  Odle's claims arise from her termination in 1999-- 15 years ago!--but as she promised, "she will not go away."

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