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Monday, June 20, 2011

Five Reasons Why The Wal-Mart Decision Doesn't Affect Your Discrimination Case

There’s been lots of hoopla over the Wal-Mart v. Dukes class action case that the Supreme Court just decided. You may have heard how the decision was a serious blow to class action discrimination cases. Maybe you’re worried about your own discrimination case and have some concerns that the Supreme Court decision somehow affects your chances in court or with EEOC. 

The Wal-Mart case involved a class of 1.5 million female employees, nationwide, who were denied promotions and pay increases. The class plaintiffs claimed that the retail giant’s policy of allowing local managers to make promotion and pay decisions within their own discretion resulted in a statistically disparate impact on females across the entire company. For instance, they argued that women filled 70% of the chain’s hourly jobs but held only 33% of management employees. They claimed that . . . read the rest on AOL Jobs.

Thanks again to Gina Misiroglu of Red Room for putting me in touch with the AOL people!

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