Supreme Court Rules for Wal-Mart in Gender Discrimination Suit
By Hello Ladies on June 20, 2011
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Editor's note: The Supreme Court ruled today that Wal-Mart vs. Dukes, a the class-action gender discrimination suit on behalf of as many as 1.5 million women, that the New York Times called "the largest employment discrimination case in the nation’s history," cannot go forward. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that "merely showing that Wal-Mart’s policy of discretion has produced an overall sex-based disparity does not suffice" to certify the women who worked at Wal-Mart as a class of plaintiffs.
BlogHer Publishing Network member Hello Ladies has been following the lawsuit for months. This past weekend, in Waiting for Wal-Martvs. Dukes, she shared a terrific roundup of other active cases that affect working women. I can't wait for her full take on today's decision, promised to come later. -- Julie
Hello Ladies on the Wal-Mart vs. Dukes Case:
Tomorrow’s hearings will not focus on whether Wal-Mart discriminated against women. Rather the court will evaluate whether the women who have worked at Wal-Mart have enough in common to be considered a class. The size of the class has been reported at 1.5 million women. Wal-Mart lawyers have argued that the women have little in common except gender.
The case was sparked ten years ago by Doris Dukes, a 60 year old store greeter, and claims women at the giant retailer are paid less than men, have fewer opportunities for promotion than their male coworkers, and are poorly represented at the management levels of the organization. This case has also leveled accusations of a work environment that included team meetings at Hooters and requests for women to “doll up.”
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