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October 28, 2011

Wal-Mart Women Are Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 9:18 PM

Last summer the U.S. Supreme Court told the women of Wal-Mart that they should go home. They didn’t stay there long. Lawyers for women employees of Wal-Mart are filing a revised discrimination lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of approximately 95,000 women workers in California. The Supreme Court said that too many women were part of the last lawsuit that challenged the blatant discrimination of their male employers, so the lawyers plan to segment their lawsuits by region.

The amended lawsuit, filed by five women, seeks to be certified as a class action on behalf of current and former female employees who worked Wal-Mart’s more than 200 stores in California since 1998. The new filing alleges that Wal-Mart blocked women in California from promotions and paid them less in management and hourly positions than men doing comparable work.

In the last lawsuit, originally filed in federal court in San Franciscoin 2001, the Supreme Court claimed that there was insufficient evidence of a company-wide discrimination to allow a nationwide class action. Part of their reasoning came from the fact that the company has an anti-discrimination policy—one that everyone ignored.

The lawyers claimed the revised lawsuit meets guidelines set down by the high court and also asserted they have new evidence of discrimination by regional managers in California. “The Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the action, but only ruled that the class as certified could not proceed,” they said in the filing Thursday. “It did not preclude prosecution of a class that was consistent with its newly announced guidelines and standards.”

“We’re back,” said attorney Brad Seligman.

Wal-Mart attorney Theodore Boutrous disagrees. He said, “The Supreme Court rejected these very same class action theories when it reversed the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ last effort in June.” The revised lawsuit will now go before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco for further proceedings.

Way to go, women of Wal-Mart!

1 Comment »

  1. Here’s hoping the court looks a bit different by the time the new suit pets there. Or should it be called a pantsuit now…


    Comment by lynchly — October 28, 2011 @ 9:27 PM | Reply

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