Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit
June 20th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit

The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers was simply too large.

The ruling Monday was a big victory for the nation's largest private employer, and the business community at large.

The high-profile case– perhaps the most closely watched of the high court's term– is among the most important dealing with corporate versus worker rights that the justices have ever heard, and could eventually impact nearly every private employer, large and small.

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Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President for Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement the company was "pleased" with the court's ruling.

"Walmart has had strong policies against discrimination for many years. The Court today unanimously rejected class certification and, as the majority made clear, the plaintiffs’ claims were worlds away from showing a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy," the statement said. "By reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the majority effectively ends this class action lawsuit.

“Walmart has a long history of providing advancement opportunities for our female associates and will continue its efforts to build a robust pipeline of future female leaders.”

The case is Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes (10-277).

soundoff (948 Responses)
  1. john

    @sam: The laziest workers I've ever seen were union workers. How many union workers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Eight, four to hold the ladder one to put it in and three to supervise.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Shouldn't you be writing your Republican congressman to bail out some major corporation that just went bankrupt the same year the CEO took home 300 million dollars salary?
      That is the conservative way right? Blame the worker.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ravi Shandelar

    Wow, It's amazing how so many brilliant legal scholars found the time to post their thoughtful comments on the CNN website!

    June 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex K

    Looks like a win for big corporations. Do you believe the law suit is justified?



    June 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    Umm, no some of the women may have a case but many are just along for the ride. Most Department managers I've ever seen in Walmart stores were women. I know several women at the Walmart in my area that make well over 20 dollars an hour.

    June 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • pcdragon

      wow imagine that – Americans making $20 – is there a tone of envy?

      June 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones

      PCDraggin, you're an idiot.
      Please die, thanks.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary185

      nobody makes 20 bucks an hour at walmart, except the managment?? where did you get that women where making 20 bucks a hour???

      June 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pcdragon

    The fascist Supremes have many family members here posting blogs of hatred agaisnt American working people.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones

      YOU are posting against your own working people, you are JUST as bad, if not worse.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. inspector fu

    Hey lefties, has the thought *ever* crossed your mind that this lawsuit was, in actuality, frivolous? No, you assume that because wal-mart is a large business, everything it does must therefore be bad. Nevermind the fact that it got big because it provided goods that people want at prices they like while keeping massive amounts of people employed. More people than any of you will ever employ in your lifetime.
    No no, you assume because someone started a class-action lawsuit, it must be legitimate.

    June 21, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones

      Wow... no wonder the US is doing so badly in the world stage.. what with people like you living there.

      You make a blanket statement against "lefties", which proves that you are an idiot without 2 brain cells to rub together.

      You're accusing an entire group of people of something.. and you are only responding to a single one of them with your post. Are you naturally stupid, or are you just trying really hard to be?

      "Left" and "right" don't matter. Who cares if someone is conservative or liberal? What difference does it make? We're all human, that's the only thing that counts.

      This political warfare crap HAS to STOP. And people like inspector fu here need to take a long walk off of a steep mountainside. Only then will our problems be solved.

      Hey Fu, please die, you'll be doing us ALL a HUGE favor.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AJ

    Only true conservative sheep come to the defense of Walmart.
    I guess now that your not drinking the kool aid from Enron, AIG and Lehman Brothers, it's just poor Exxon and Walmart that need your Tea Party defense.
    Maybe we should give Walmart another tax write off,,,, I'm sure it will trickle down, LOL

    June 21, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. john

    Nope not at all. Just trying to get you liberal idiots to see that some lawsuits are just B.S.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones

      Hey John, look in the mirror FIRST. You can't expect other people to take you seriously when you yourself are an idiot.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    BTW on a good day I can make 100 dollars an hour, 20 on a bad day.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. john

    @BobJones: telling everyone who disagrees with you to please die, yeah a lot of brain activity going on up there moron.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john

    @Bob Jones: You MUST be one of those lazy shiftless union bums. What country are you from? One that allows drugs to be used in public I bet since you've obviously killed off most of your brain cells smoking crack.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rikc White

    The person who says they don't like unions is a sophist because they can't prove it, how does one prove they dislike unions w/out attacking Labor, you can't? Attacking overall organized Labor is plunder and will lead to 'further breaking'.
    We saw this in Germany. LOL

    June 22, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Emily

    The consequence of this decision does more than harm just women's rights, it is a blow to everyone who may potentially be harmed by big corporations in the future. See: which talks more about about the Walmart case.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Geraldine

    Yes, discrimination aganist women is live and well at walmart, I experienced this discrimination and saw it done to other women. I felt there was no on to complain to. Some women took it as a fact of life, it's somthing you put up with and go alone with. Walmart definitely need to be held accountable, It was a very oppressive inviroment.
    The men could also be looked at as victims, they had to go along with the game. Every one needed work

    December 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
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