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. Rob

    Exactly why this country is doomed.

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

      The US is doomed because you are lazy, stupid, and selfish. Survival of the fittest Rob! And I'm not talking about people who go to the gym.. Although, it might help if you got off the couch and took care of yourself and your family by trying a novel idea called "thinking". Try it sometime, you might be surprised to find that there are better places to work than wal-mart, fool.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bal-Mart

    Another step closer to the revolution!

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

      I'd agree with you but, the losers here are Wal-Mart employees. They won't revolt, just collect Welfare and loot when given the chance.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. James B

    It is clear who the supreme court is looking after and it is not us. They are bought and paid for by the corporate giants. 1984, as Orwell predicted, has arrived. We are but a short few years from working 50-70 hours a week on minimum wage without benefits. If you believe in the power of the people, you should be voting Democratic in 2012.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • RG

      Democrats are no better, same results, just less blatant about their intentions. Time for a 3rd party to represent the middle class

      June 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • david w

      and there will be illegal immigrants lined up around the corner to take that job. since all us americans will be too proud and lazy to work that long for so little money. we would rather be jobless

      June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Pamelahaley

      Enlighten me to a Democratic Candidate that is not Obama? Ron Paul 2012.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • YahooForWalmart

      You are not suppose to be able to support a family by working at Walmart. And anyone working for minimum wage, or an hourely wage should not expect a high cost health care package. I am glad Walmart wants notihng to do with uions also. All unions do is ruin everything they come in contact with. They are corrupt and past their time. The funny thing is they have their members fooled into thinking they actually help them. While the union leaders have massive salries and full benefits, the workers get scammed If you want more money go get a career. Dont have an education? GO get one. Dont have the money for school? Neither did I. It is called school loans. You have no excuses. Have afamily to support? Well I guess you are going to have to find a way to work while caring for them. Why should Ihave ot pay to support your family?

      Congratulations Walmart. It is a wonderul day for you!!!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Arlene J.

      JB, I agree. I think that's what it's all been about. Control the worker, workplace, and healthcare. An annual salary of $23,000 may be a living wage Banglore, but it's poverty in Pennsylvania. Growing up in poverty has very specific problems that take generations to address and correct.

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

    They will probably have to file State-by-State. That is what the Radioshack Managers had to do when they filed a class action law suit over pay a few years ago.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Justice Jeremiah

    SCOTUS is corrupt and irrelevant.

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

    Another one for the corporations. America is truly "Government of the corporations, for the corporations, by the corporations."

    June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      You have that out of order, sir.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. educatedguess

    this was a UNANIMOUS decision. take that and shove it up where you know, diryt neo-libs.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bb

      What an intelligent reply, Harvard?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Krauss

      Are you wearing your white hood right now? Are you cleaning your guns in a wood shack, looking out for all those scary "brown people"?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • kristy a lamm

      Wow, I needed that... A good laugh...

      June 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. msmaris04

    Disgusting. Losing faith in anything, and fast.

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

      Don't lose faith in Jesus. He loves you... (internet sarcasm)

      June 20, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. greebo

    Keep pushing the little guy... Keep it up... the pitchforks are being dispersed.

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

      Yeah, but we will be buying the pitch forks from Wal-Mart.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ginalee

    Our town of 5000+ was ruined when WalMart suddenly appeared about 10 years ago. The Main Street shop owners warned us and we paid no attention. Now there are empty shops all over downtown. Now, WalMart is our only clothing store, shoe store, business store and grocery store. If we don't like their selection, we must drive 100 miles to the nearest city...which I do even with the gas prices. It is the biggest employer in our town now. I hate WalMart.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mbane18

      That's because you people decided to shop at Wal-Mart and not your local stores. It's not Wal-Mart's fault – it's your fault. It's the fault of you and your 500 neighbours. If you had not gone shopping at Wal-Mart, all your local businesses would still be open.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mulehead

      You're exactly right Ginalee – I refuse to shop there due to WalMart's policies and practices. They come in to an area promising the world, and all they end up doing is killing the local economy for another outlet of low quality garbage.....Well done people of WalMart for screwing America. Sleep well.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Pamelahaley

      Mule, People of Walmart do sleep well with their $4 Oxycontin prescription lovingly filled by the only place you can get everything and nothing all at the same time.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Celange

      A prominent anthropologist I know at Texas A&M University is studying this tragic phenomenon. It is an important study...what city do you live in?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      So Walmart employs more people in your town than anyone else but they are evil? They provide cheaper products so that low income families can stretch their budgets farther but they are evil? They create commercial centers which stimulate economic growth and business investment in most towns where they are located but they are evil? They provide benefits to their hourly employees that are not top of the line but which they are not required to provide but they are evil?

      As for some of these other comments..."Fear of litigation is the ONLY reason corporations do not put anti-freeze in baby formula or fire diabetics so save on insurance"? Really? You don't think they avoid that because people would not buy their products is their children died from anti-freeze poisoning? You don't think that companies would rather pay more for an employee who performs well and raises the quality of company products and hence revenue in spite of slightly higher insurance premiums versus an employee who under-performs? Really? If corporations behaved the way some of these people claim, they wouldn't exist because they would go out of business.

      Wow.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shrug

    I can't stomach shopping at the place, I couldn't imagine working there.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mbane18

      I have worked there and it's bad!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rick Calvert

    Looks like "too big to fail" is back. Congratulations, corporate America!

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

    There should be incentives in place to "motivate" these cashiers to speed things up. (extra bonus pay based on the number of customers you've served)

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

    REAL SOON, the supreme-thugs will find out who their real bosses are, and they are not gonna like what they have to take.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Barbara

    Vote with your dollars...that's the real way for your voice to be heard. Stop shopping at Wal-Mart and tell everyone you know, why you are not shopping there...if all like minds join together they will hear us loud and clear! Wal-Mart may have some of the cheaper prices, but the price when reflected in so many other ways...it's still too high!

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

      This gives me MORE reason to shop there.....You broads need to learn your places.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Walmart employs thousands of people and pays billions to charity and frankly has better prices than anywhere else. Feel free to blame Walmart and McDonalds for all of America's problems. But I blame a government that has let Wall Street steal every dollar they can from the stock market and give it to themselves while paying a 15% tax rate on their capital gains.

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