The United States District Court

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the case against Costco for sex discrimination would go forward as a class action. The class includes all women employed by Costco in the United States (including Puerto Rico) at any time on or after January 3, 2002 who have been denied promotion to Assistant General Manager or General Manager positions or have been denied assignments to Senior Staff Manager positions (Merchandise, Receiving, Administration or Front End Managers). In certifying the class, Judge Marilyn H. Patel noted, “[i]n evaluating all of the evidence presented, the court finds that plaintiffs have presented strong evidence of a common culture at Costco which disadvantages women.”

The order is available here. Learn more about the class action case against Costco here.