Editor: This article is so timely. We just posted America’s 10 wealthiest billionaires, and 4 of the top 10 are Walton’s, heirs to the gigantic Wal-Mart empire. And here our nice conservative Supreme Court justices just ruled in favor of Wal-Mart and the Waltons. Money sure talks in this country, doesn’t it?
By Robert Barnes / Washington Post / June 20, 2011
The Supreme Court on Monday blocked the massive sex-discrimination case female employees brought against Wal-Mart in a decision that might make it harder to bring future discrimination lawsuits against large corporations.
The court agreed unanimously that the Wal-Mart suit could not go forward as a class action that could affect as many as 1.5 million female workers, past and present. The decision was a huge win for Wal-Mart, which could have faced billions of dollars in damages and back pay.
The court split 5 to 4 on ideological lines, however, about whether the women had shown enough to prove there were common practices at work that resulted in discrimination at the world’s largest private employer. That split could hold great importance for future discrimination cases.
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