Monday, the Supreme Court blocked a sex discrimination lawsuit brought against Walmart Stores on behalf of the women who work for the company, reversing the decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The lawsuit involved 1.6 million women, and Walmart was facing billions of dollars in damages, but the high court’s unanimous ruling put an end to this lawsuit.
Walmart released a statement saying: http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10615.aspx
“We are pleased with today’s ruling and believe the Court made the right decision. Walmart has had strong policies against discrimination for many years. The Court today unanimously rejected class certification and, as the majority made clear, the plaintiffs’ claims were worlds away from showing a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy.
“By reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the majority effectively ends this class action lawsuit.
“Walmart has a long history of providing advancement opportunities for our female associates and will continue its efforts to build a robust pipeline of future female leaders.”
-Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President, People, Walmart U.S.
The massive lawsuit was ruled against, but the plaintiffs may still pursue claims against Walmart, though the amount of money at stake will be significantly less.
If the lawsuit had been allowed, it would have been the largest employment class action in the history of the Unite States.
The original filing alleges that Walmart discriminated against its female employees on pay and advancement.