US retail giant Wal-Mart has once again found itself defending a class action lawsuit, this time for gender discrimination, according to sources. US District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco rejected Wal-Mart’s request that the lawsuit be dismissed.
The plaintiffs are females alleging that Wal-Mart denied them promotions and pay increases based on their gender. The lawsuit was dismantled by the US Supreme Court in 2011, so the plaintiffs regrouped and limited claims to only in California. The case has an extremely long history, stretching back at least 10 years. Wal-Mart argued that the fact that the process has taken so long warrants an outright dismissal, but Judge Breyer disagreed.
Noreen Farrell, the attorney representing the female plaintiffs remains, encouraged. Farrell claims the plaintiffs have clear and concise documentation and evidence of gender discrimination against over 100,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees.
“The women of Wal-Mart have been waiting for more than a decade for their day in court,” said Farrell. “Sex discrimination in pay and promotion hurts lives and families. We applaud the decision giving our clients the green light to prove their claims.”
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