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.
According to Brad Seligman, one of the attorneys representing the female class members, “The ruling upholding the class in this case is well within the mainstream that courts at all levels have recognized for decades. Only the size of the case is unusual, and that is a product of Wal-Mart’s size and the breadth of the discrimination we documented.”
Discrimination in the workplace does not always happen to a group. Discrimination also happens to individuals. If you or someone you know is being discriminated in pay or promotions, you should consider speaking with an employment lawyer to learn more about your rights and remedies.