Monday, December 13, 2010

Supreme Court to Decide Wal-Mart Class-Action Lawsuit

Workforce Management
December 7, 2010

The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 6 to decide whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must face what could be the largest workplace class-action lawsuit ever certified.The case—Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Betty Dukes et al.—involves charges that Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart paid female employees less than men in comparable positions despite higher performance ratings and seniority. The six female employees who brought the lawsuit, initially filed in 2001, also allege that women received fewer and waited longer for promotions to in-store management positions than men.The lawsuit seeks injunctive and declaratory relief, lost pay and punitive damages.

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