Class Action Suit Against Wal-Mart

Class Action Suit Against Wal-Mart

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Wal-Mart's bid to block a suit alleging the company discriminated against more than a million female employees. Arguments for and against and the limits of class action suits

On Monday the Supreme Court agreed to review what could become the largest employment discrimination case in U.S. history. The case, originally filed in 2001, centers on the claim that as many as 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees were paid less than their male counterparts and were given fewer promotions. At stake are potentially billions in back pay and punitive damages. The Supreme Court has decided to hear Wal-Marts bid to block the suit on the grounds that thousand of individual personnel decisions do not constitute the basis for a class action suit: Arguments for and against and limits of class action litigation.


Joseph Sellers

attorney, head of the civil rights & employment practice group,Cohen Milstein

Jonathan Cohn

attorney, Sidley Austin

Alexandra LaHav

professor of law, University of Connecticut

John Coffee

professor of corporate law,Columbia University

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