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. db

    TO BIG? Does that mean that the Supreme Court is unable to render a fair judgement in a case because it is to big? Did Walmart pay off the Judges or were they politically arm twisted to render such a pathetic ruling. It is a well known fact that Walmart stomps on any workers rights. I suspect that the only way to deal with them is in the pocket book, stop working for them and stop buying from them. Support your other chains and local Mom & Pops. Sam Walton would be rolling over in his grave if he knew what the new management has done to his American Made company.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Get your head out of your tail- political armtwist – get real! The court ruled wisely. And if you don't like it go shop someplace else and start a business and work for yourself.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Nope..... if you don't yet know it, Wal is one of the major corporations, long with several world banks that calls the shots. Neither politicians or judges make real decisions in this country,,,,, its the "ruling gang" that does.

      Making Wal Mart pay out for something they are really guilty of wouldn't serve their purpose. All involved will one day have to face the real and final judge, God, and that's good enough for me.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Milwaukee

    Well, the poor article by CNN doesn't state why female workers would be suing Walmart...but it seems to imply that if you only screw over a few people you're in trouble, but if you screw over a LOT of people it's cool. Way to go, SC.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      Or, PERHAPS, it implies that the idea that every single female that ever worked for Wal-Mart was discriminated against just doesn't fly?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Turk

      You hit it right on the button!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Just Jenn

    Am I disappointed that Walmart being held for their actions are once again delayed? Yes, however the bias suit was not dismissed, all it said was that it was too big. The cases need to be broken up, walmart can only run from their responsibilities to their employees for so long

    June 20, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Greg Hodges

    What a surprise! The same people that stole the 2000 election for George Bush once again shows the "wolf in sheep`s clothing" political animals they really are. Did anybody seriously think that a fascist like Scalia would ever give WalMart workers a true and fair hearing against a Capitalist "GOD" like WalMart?! If you did; give your head a shake. Wake up America; the right wing forces that have hijacked your democracy; beginning with the Reagan Revolution; have walked all over Main Street America in favour of Wall Street, for 30 years now. Any wonder your society is going to hell these days?! You think the TEA Party is going to HELP YOU? GOD save the U.S.A.!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      30 years! I did not know that the GOP had been in power for 30 straight years for both the White House and Congress. I always thought that there were a few Democrats that may have been in the White House and had a majority in Congress in the past 30 years, but I guess I am wrong. I was also amazed to learn that all of the Justices on the Supreme Court are GOP as well. I don't think you well get the sarcastic tone of this reply as you do not understand recent history either.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is one of the reasons why I don't shop at Wal-Mart if I can. They have far too much made in China; their dealings with employees are questionable at best (at worst it seems like the employees are slaves). They are there solely for cheap things and force manufacturers to sell at such low costs that it makes them go over seas. How American is that? It is anti-American because it doesn't help American manufacturing which employes Americans.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • david w

      americans cant afford things made in america. we are too proud to sell our stuff for what it is actually worth. otherwise we would all be wearing clothes with "made in america" tags.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dicky

    REALLY !? Too big or is it that the suprem court is too lazy ?

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cory

    This makes no sense at all! I suppose if discrimination is done on a smaller scale we can deal with it in our court system. In any case... I will never ever shop at Walmart! I will go out of my way to pay more somewhere else.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Skeptic

    Why would anyone expect legitimate progress from the illegitimate US government?

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Are you saying that our President is illegitimate as well?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. XWngLady

    "The ruling Monday was a big victory for the nation's largest private employer, and the business community at large" so that they may now continue discriminating against women across the board without repercussion. Yay! Thanks SCOTUS.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Maria

    Big business runs America. If the auto companies hadn't proved it by now, this most certainly does.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    This Court thinks corporations are people so until either Kennedy, Scalila, or Thomas leaves we as people will always come up on the short end against companies.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mikell

    Typical demogogues. The case was misfiled to make trial lawyers richer through yet another frivilous class action suit. Demand tort reform now.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. john/kc

    Just to show you how the Supreme Court is tilted towards big business. Surprised, I'm not.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Darrel

    Didn't want to p*## off China, who pretty much dictates to Wal-mart what to do or not do. Pretty much a sign of the times when the Supreme Court of the US , who is suppose to keep the playing field level, continues to tilt right on almost every single issue. Used to be a great country to be a worker in.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jon O

    Our conservative supreme court strikes again.

    First corporations are people, now when one of them craps all over thousands of their workers, its too big of a case.


    June 20, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Wal-Mart has the lowest prices, and provides lower income family homes with essentials that they need to get by in todays world. If you don't want to get payed minimum wage to stand at a cash register at wall mart, don't work there- the fact of the matter is, their low wages are a big part of why things are so affordable their stores.

      Lower class and the poor are always pointing fingers and blaming others for their miss-fortune. That's not how you get ahead in life, but that is a big part of why the poor stay poor. Help yourselves, no one else cares- every human on this earth has a life and their own path. You can't blame bad decisions you've made in life on other people. Too bad sooooo sad... but not really 😛

      June 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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