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. Dan

    So they refile their lawsuit in smaller groups. Big deal. Walmart is a bunch of bottom feeders.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. theboosh

    The 'Tea Baggers' continue to lose all credibility when they just can't see to whom, what, and where they need to direct their anger and demands for change. Sadly, they will be startled awake one day soon and realize the damage caused by not knowing the real enemies of freedom and that their 'guns' have been pointing in the wrong direction.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Maria

    What more proof do we need that BIG BUSINESS runs this country more than the President, the Senate, Congress, and the Supreme Court?

    June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    Stupid libtards

    June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mac29

      Stupid Repntard.

      June 20, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Screw Walmart. They are an awful store, with garbage products that aren't even that good of a deal. If they went out of business tomorrow, it would be a GOOD thing for this Country, as other, better businesses would instantly step in to fill the sales gaps.

      June 20, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Whoosh

    Just another stone chipped off the rock of labor. Victory; yes not for Josephine six-pack. This is more than a wake up call for Labor.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Client09

    you work at freaking walmart........go to college and get over yourself.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Billy

    A nationwide class-action lawsuit is ridiculous. Do they think the CEO instructed every store to hold back women? Get a grip.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Pooface

    The lesson here is: if you are going to discriminate, do it on a grand scale, then you will be off the hook.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. mgc florida

    Is this a surprise after Citzens United? NO its not. I find it funny that the Republicans jumped on Obama about activist judges...which is exactly what Roberts, Alieto and company are. I am still trying to figure out how a "company" counts as a person as has the same rights as a person in the citizens united ruling. SAD

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    So just because letting the class action suit against the worlds largest retailer would hurt their bottom line they won't let it go through. Let them pay for what they have done to these people. Make an example of the so other employers don't think that they can get away with it.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill Chiappi

    I have no doubt that from time to time some companies including Walmart have had individual stores who discriminated, but to try to punish the whole organization endangers our economy because it would not only destroy the profits of Walmart but any other large business in America. Go after tyhe individual cases and do NOT have an economy busting class action suit passed....Good for the Supreme Court!!

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. deuce

    So now it's "Too Big To Sue"?????

    What a joke. Anyone doubt our government is paid off yet??

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Su Lynn

    Of course they have blocked – this is why I never shop at Wal-Mart!

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Deb

    What a surprise! Banks are too big to fail and Walmart is too big to be sued. We are indeed a govenment of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. derp

    Nick, do you know the background of the lawsuit? women are saying that they were doing the same work, but being paid less. i dont care either way, cause i'm not supposed to shop there, but i do anyways.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
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