A Federal appeals court decision to allow a complaint alleged against Wal-Mart by six women to go ahead with a class action case, is the largest sex discrimination class action lawsuit in American history to date.
To sum it up, this decision means, over one million present and past female Wal-Mart employees might seek compensation. This action could end up costing Wal-Mart billions of dollars!
The courts did not rule on the merits of the cause but they did uphold a 2004 lower court in favor of allowing the case to continue on as class-action issue. As you may have guessed, Wal-Mart is expected to appeal.
The ruling has given hope to long-suffering Wal-Mart staff, to citizens who support social justice and to groups working to expose and correct the anti-labour tactics employed by the world’s largest retailer.
“Wal-Mart may have the best legal team money can buy – but even the fanciest of corporate lawyers can’t stop the largest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history,” says David Nassar Wal-Mart Watch.
“Thanks to the determination of current and former Wal-Mart employees, their dedicated counsel and the judicial wisdom of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Wal-Mart will face allegations that it actively discriminated against its female employees. This case could cost them close to $20 billion,” Nassar predicts.
I wish I could say these charges being brought against Wal-Mart are shocking but indeed they aren’t …