Supreme Court to decide on Wal-Mart discrimination case soon

March 28th, 2011 - 8:18 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Mar 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The US Supreme Court on Tuesday is expected to give a ruling on a gender discrimination case that experts believe would serve as a landmark.

Wal-Mart is at the center of the dispute. A group of eight employees led by Betty Dukes are trying to get the clearance for about 1.5 million female employees of Wal-Mart to take legal action for being discriminated against when it come to salary increments. Some of the cases date back to 1998 and the ruling on Tuesday is expected to pave the way for the lower courts to be able to hear the cases.

The director of workplace fairness for the National Partnership for Women and Families, Sarah Crawford, is keenly following the case and says the decision would be the most important for female workers in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules that mass action could be taken against Wal-Mart, it would be the biggest class-action suit in the history of the United States and could cost the giant retailer billions on dollars.

Sarah warns that if the ruling goes against the women, it could spell potential doom because women “could go without a remedy for unlawful discrimination.”

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