After the U.S. Supreme Court said in June that female employees in different jobs, with different supervisors, at 3,400 stores nationwide did not have enough in common to be lumped together in a single class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, women pursuing discrimination claims against the world’s largest retailer announced an amended lawsuit limiting its allegations to female employees in California. Reuters reported on October 27, 2011, that the California lawsuit is expected to be the first in a series of complaints that will be filed in different regions over the next three to six months after the Court threw out the original Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the latest suit will represent 95,000 women in California instead of the 1.6 million past and present employees nationwide represented in the previous suit. The plaintiff lawyers told Reuters they also had new evidence of discriminatory pay and promotion decision, including a meeting on January 24, 2004, in which then Wal-Mart chief executive Tom Coughlin told district managers that “women tend to be better at information processing,” while men are better at focusing on a single objective.
California laws protect employees from discrimination because of their race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, sex and sexual orientation. If you feel that you have been the victim of any of these forms of employment discrimination, you should not wait to be included in a high-profile class action. Our Los Angeles employment attorney can help you right now. If you have questions about how to prove discrimination, contact our office today to set up a private consultation.
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