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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    There's nothing in those stores for me, so I don't go.
    Still, this is a good decision that will affect serious all businessmen.
    Not every "civil rights" issue is actually about civil rights: some are about BS rights.
    Some poster above wanted to make a big deal about my rights: I'm white, straight, and successful. So by you that's a bad thing already?

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dallas Guy

    Expect more of this. The GOP installed a Supreme Court in favor of corporations. In addition, corporations can now contribute UNLIMITED money to candidates. Yep, we have the best government money can buy.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. uh?

    made in amerika, paid for by walmart.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. bl

    That is one hell of an excuse to not hear a case. I wonder if a Wal-Mart cashier said that the crowds during Christmas time were 'too large' what would happen? She would be fired without haste. But the Supreme Court says that it can't litigate a case because of its size and nobody thinks this is shady? Trees aren't this shady.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. colonelingus

    And the freaky Walmartian photos will just keep on coming!

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. StXavier

    once again big business has won. The little guy just doesn't count here in America. For all we some judges have stock in Wall Mart. I wonder how far these judges would go in REAL life if they got the kind of wages Wall Mart peole have.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    Always low justice. Always.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    Its funny how flagrant and rude this collusion between the biggest corporation (and corporations in general) and what was once our government has gotten. They're not even shy about gutting whatever there is left of justice and decency. Too big of a lawsuit? It goes like this – all that cheap stuff, all their big profits, are made at the expense of workers overseas, the global environment and the laborers here. If the lawsuit took them out then that would be as it should be. But maybe its "too big" for our justice system to handle? If so – we're in a lot of trouble.
    You might want to visit http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com to see what's going on now globally at the grassroots.
    The time has come to put an end to this nonsense and neither the oligarchs or the government are going to help. Its up to you and I. Peace.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Thundercrunk

    thx for wasting a ton of tax money on this....and people wonder why this country is broke...

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Comment3

    Several points: 1. Some people wants the government out of their lives and in favor of free enterprise, so where is the surprise....?.; 2. This was obviously another example how lawyers, in their greed, are willing to do anything to make money – 3. unless we change the tort law... (ups, how many lawyers do we have in Congress?).
    It's very easy to criticize the Supreme Court, the Government, the day of the month, whatever, but I do believe we have substantial structural issues to change. Unfortunately our folks in the Capitol are more concerned about their own personal agenda (and wallet?)....

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    The Supreme Court finally applied logic to the lawsuit. Next up, Health Care!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Maddie

    Now this makes it a precedence that it ok to discriminate against women in the workplace. Thanks for knocking all the work women have done to get to a place where they were dumb enough they had a chance in life

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. killallthewhiteman

    I worked for Wal mart a few years ago. My Boss was a African American Woman. My other boss was an Asian Women. I worked on a team that had Two black men, and two Hispanic women, and me being a white male. Seemed pretty diversified to me.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. John Marshall

    Cnbc did an entire episode called American Greed about giant class action suits and the lawyers who each got a billion dollars while the "victims" got forty dollars each. Seriously, learn some law before you post more American whining on a situation you know nothing about.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Wal-Mart employees are the laziest workers I come across. They should fire them all and charge more for their products to get some workers with some skill like Target does.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      that is so true, target is much better, and still has pretty cheap prices

      June 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You shouldn't make such a blanket statement about all wal-mart employees. Retail requires a minor set of skills anyway.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Corvus1

      Examples?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
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