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).

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  1. hmmmm

    since most of the walmart purchases are a direct link to the chinese government -- communism wins. great going your right wingers and tea baggers!

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

      WTH does this have to do with the right? Are you serious? What a joke.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • GaboonViper67

      Those purchases are also a direct link to our pocket books. Furthermore, Liberals are to be thanked for the policies that led companies to head overseas, driven away from America by over regulation and taxation. Thanks Liberals, thanks for doing yourselves in. Now the ERA movement, Women's Libbers and the rest of the Socialist femmes can celebrate their own trainwreck and swallow their own medicine.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Looks like a couple court judges are going to be a bit richer. COURTESY OF THE CHINESE!!!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I meant "all serious businessmen."

    June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rudi

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

      This guy is nuts!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. john

    good job supreme court, last thing with need is some damn liberals looking for a handout

    June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. GOP Forever

    Stop your whining and get the facts before you spout your leftist BS. And how many jobs have been created WM vs the Feds under BHO? And which jobs are paid for with our taxes? Get the facts. Oh no, it is easier to just whine!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wulf

    Wal-Mart can pay people the way they want to and as a private company really no one can tell them what to pay. The sute would have to prove that Wal-Mart descriminated against women. If Wal-Mart says, "we pay men more than women" then there is no one who can do anything about it. That is not discrimination, it is a company policy. The SC knows this will be a slippery slope case and it would tie up the courts forever. Only the attorneys would get the most money, not the people they recruted.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. JoePub

    But these same courts would have no problem with hanging out a small business owner to dry.

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

      If you were considered a small business you wouldn't have this many employees...

      June 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Keith

    I hate Walmart and what they stand for but I am on their side this time. Too many stories and too many situations to use a "blanket" type discrimination lawsuit. Walmart has rights even though they are a giant....

    June 20, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. greta

    Lawsuit is nothing BUT getting money from somebody....that's ther's to it...I had lost a child 6 hrs. aftre he was born...It's pediatrician's negligence...He didn't want to be bothered when the hospital called him to come check on the baby..He came 7 hours later after the baby died...Some hospital workers and the nurse told me I can sue this doctor..I did not want to sue because:1) med. insurance will go up, and it's not just mine yours too. 2) It is against my up bringing to sue anyone...because..."what goes up must come down" life is like a ferris wheel..you are up then you come down......

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

      Wish more people had the decency you have. Thank you for your post- albeit a difficult experience, what really would the doctor have accomplished and suing get what... Money? Money can not replace what many people think it can.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • gvnn688

      Justice for your child and ensuring no other children suffer the same faith should have been your concerns as well. I can also understand not wanting to pursue suit because of your grief but the reasons you cited-well considering your lost, I will leave it at your reasons.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. TomKo44

    Amazing how many comments there are when the article says NOTHING. We don't know what they actually ruled and what the effects will be. If they merely ruled the pool was too large and broad they can refile narrowing the scope and causing the pool to shrink. This so-called article does the public a disservice because it tells us nothing about what the decision was and what the Justices opinions are and is causing mass-speculation.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. kristy a lamm

    Agree with previous posts, this country is doomed. The justice system has slowly transformed into a bizarre, exclusive and thoroughly corrupt private club of elitist thugs that openly and arrogantly abuse the people it was designed to protect. Rotten to the core. We've seen this movie before, many times in history and it always ends badly.

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

      Well said!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Draeggo

    At least now they can't hide the fact that they are the supreme court of corporate enterprise. Too large... then fix the system... nothing is too large to handle unless its handled by small minded people that cant do the job. No excuse for this vote. Its pro business and anti-American.

    How may other corporations are going to adopt the same or similar policies now? This is class warfare.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • kristy a lamm

      Well said to you also! The class warfare you refer to has been going on, forever. The elite have no reason to hide it anymore in this "land of the free" because the foundation has been laid; so now their behavior is more contemptuous and vile by the day. The masses (we, the people) must get off of our behinds, away from the brainwashing tube and use our freedom of speech while it still exists. Peace be with you!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. mickey1978

    i dont blame any company for moving their jobs overseas...people want cheap prices but high wages..what a joke..unions reps and lawyers are the only ones who make a killing in this country..everyone else is broke..i own a med size business and if my wokers tried to form a union i would take my jobs overseas where i can get it done for half the money and all the workers can go pound sand..i

    June 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Corvus1

      "people want cheap prices but high wages."

      How dare they. Shock-horror.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. palintwit

    Big teabagger rally tonight in the Walmart parking lot. Plenty of trailer parking available.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • kristy a lamm

      Laugh, smile!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. El Kababa

    The five Republican Party hacks on the Supreme Court have done enormous damage to our democracy. If North Korea had secretly replaced all five of them with Communist spies who had been made into lookalikes by plastic surgery, those spies would probably do less damage to the nation than this Conservative court.

    May God help the USA; we're in deep trouble. Conservatism is a much more formidible enemy of democracy than Communism was or terrorism is.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      It was a unanimous decision. Sorry you're a one-sided know it all.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee Oates

      Unfortunately true.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Vezalo

      And if the Russians had placed anal probes in em .

      June 20, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • DaveO

      Sandra, all that means is that both parties have done damage to democracy.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      It was a unanimous decision that included very leftist judges. Inform yourself before you make dumb comments like this.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      How can being fiscally prudent hurt democracy? The Democrats are ruining this country just as much, if not more than Republicans. They both support a statist regime. Come on people, wake up and smell your politicians.

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