A Federal Court will hear a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart on allegations of sex discrimination.
The BBC reports:
The judge’s decision means the case now involves up to 1.6 million women who have worked for Wal-Mart since 1998.
It is the biggest civil rights case against a private employer in US legal history, the plaintiffs’ lawyers say….
It alleged that Wal-Mart systematically paid women less than men and passed them over for promotion.
San Francisco-based judge Martin Jenkins dismissed Wal-Mart’s argument that a class action lawsuit would be too unwieldy.
“Up till now, Wal-Mart has never faced a trial like this,” said Brad Seligman, the lead counsel for the women.
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“Lawsuits by individual women had no more effect than a pinprick. Now, however, the playing field has been levelled. Wal-Mart will face the combined power of 1.6 million women in court,” said Mr Seligman in a statement on the Impact Fund website, a campaign group backing the women.