Ninth Circuit Affirms Class Action Certification in Gender Discrimination Suit Against Wal-Mart

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the class action status of a gender discrimination suit, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, alleging that Wal-Mart pays female employees less than men and promotes women at a lower rate than it does men. With a class made up of nearly 2 million women, this is the largest gender discrimination suit in history.

The Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court’s decision, finding that the plaintiffs “present significant proof of a corporate policy of discrimination and support Plaintiffs’ contention that female employees nationwide were subjected to a common pattern and practice of discrimination.”

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