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. Rus

    People are totally misreading this, the Supreme Court is only saying it doesn't fit the profile for class action status, and doing such a case as a class action is the wrong way to go. The Supreme Court is not saying it is okay for Wal-Mart to discriminate, and if Wal-Mart stores are guilty of that, they can be sued. An individual workplace discrimination isn't a class action item though, unless there is proof that there is a systemic bias coming down from corporate to all areas of the company. Lacking that, since there are obviously female managers and executives in the company, there is no basis for a class action suit.

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

      When libs get a chance to trash something they don't like, they never let the facts stand in the way of a good bashing

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

      Amen, Rus and Rick.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Sure while there may be female executives, what are they making in comparison to their male counterparts? And if this is a discrimination that comes from corporate, why is there such thing as too big of a class action lawsuit? Just shows the company is too big to be held responsible for it's actions.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stephen

    Never, never shop at Walmart. The company is a wasteland that prey on the poor.

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

    The country is about Corporate take-over in every facet of life, and they want to control you and how you work, live, and play. The ones that own and control feel they don't owe anything but a small paycheck, even though they themselves use resources, people, laws to their benefit. We are experiencing a GREED FEST in this country of those who believe this is the way it should be and you can go to hell.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. educatedguess

    yeah, go to walmart today and get some more crap you don't need, dumbos.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ma & Pa

    May 2006: The last time I shopped at Wal-mart.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. startover08

    wow, the SC did a good thing? If you read the case and what they were going after walwart for, (most) would agree that the case was "poop" it's not about right and left and the GOP.. get a clue. read the full case.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Connie

    I agree with the court. There are plenty of attorneys out there who will jump at any employee's legitimate discrimination case. So many of these class action cases end up with a few rich lawyers, huge fines for the companies, and the alleged victims don't get just compensation anyway. If you don't like WalMart don't shop or work there. The consumer has control, use it.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carole

    Yes-s-s-s-s! Finally, common sense prevails!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    Blah. I love the people that are suing walmart, yet they had no problem of keeping their job there.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. PMcG

    If the Supreme Court won't defend women, we have to do it ourselves. BOYCOTT Walmart. Do not shop there. Let's shop at stores that treat all their workers like human beings.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. jibthebib

    Back into the kitchen......YEAH !!!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. educatedguess

    go to salvation army stores for much better and dirt cheap necessities! good for the earth, good for your wallet, and good for your conscience!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. american citizen

    It seems this supreme court is all too willing to give Corporations privileges. To say that a lawsuit is" too big" that is so laughable. It probably meant they had enacted the suit they would have put Wal- Mart out of business. However, ruling in Wal-marts favor is not good for America in general. Talk about abuse!! What a disappointment, yet I am not surprised. This court is corrupt.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. BG

    First "Too Big to Fail", Now "Too Big to be Sued"... It's time for Americans to put up or shut up; Where will you spend your dollars now?

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

      Not at Wal-Mart, that's for sure!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Manny

    This is absurd. Do we have Justices in the Supreme court that are really dumb not to take this class action suit because it's simply too large? What if a cereal company like Kellogs has a defective and health hazard products that affect the millions of consumers, can't we sue the company because it's simply too large? Dumb are the people that side with this ruling.

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

      this was a unanimous decision that has nothing to do with IQ but everything with naked greed.

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

      You simply don't understand how the justice system works. Also, you are arrogant to pretend you understand things that are WAY over your overly-simplistic head. Please don't post your stupid opinion again, thanks.

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