Employment lawyers across the country, including Kentucky and Indiana, are waiting to learn whether the Supreme Court will review a 9th Circuit decision upholding a class action of approximately 1.5 millon female employees of Wal-Mart from across the country. Attorneys for the women argue that Wal-Mart engaged in a pattern of discriminatory treatment against women including paying women less than men and promoting women less frequently than men.
The trial court granted certification of this huge class, including millions of current and former Wal-Mart employees across the country. Certifying the class is the first step in a class action lawsuit. The certification process involves a judge determining, essentially, if the class members are vast in number and have similar grievances.