Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court to Hear Largest Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
NY Times: Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court to Hear Bias Suit, by Steven Greenhouse:
Wal-Mart Stores asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the largest employment discrimination lawsuit in American history, involving more than a million women workers, current and former, at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores.
Nine years after the suit was filed, the central issue before the Supreme Court will not be whether any discrimination occurred, but whether more than a million people can even make this joint claim through a class-action lawsuit, as opposed to filing claims individually or in smaller groups.
In April, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled 6-5 that the lawsuit could proceed as a jumbo class action — the fourth judicial decision upholding a class action. . . .