Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In fight against Wal-Mart, lawyers aren't enough


By Liza Featherstone, Special to CNN
June 20, 2011 5:39 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- For those of us educated in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education, it's hard not to endow the Supreme Court with awesome powers to wield on behalf of goodness and light. But Dukes vs. Wal-Mart, the massive sex discrimination suit against the nation's largest private employer, has been a painful lesson in the limitations of the courtroom remedy.
The case was struck down today after 10 years of litigation, as the Court ruled unanimously not to certify Dukes as a class action suit.
Dukes vs. Wal-Mart began in 1996 with the ordeal of Stephanie Odle. A supervisor told Odle, when she was an assistant manager about to become a single mother, that a co-worker made more money because he "supports his wife and his two kids."

Full Story: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/20/featherstone.walmart.lawsuit/index.html

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