Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Wal-Mart in Massive Sex Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit

Jul 25, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Supreme Court decides Wal-Mart case

The Supreme Court recently ruled that a sex-discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores cannot move forward.

The case, Wal-Mart Stores Inc v. Betty Dukes et al., was stalled when the Supreme Court found that the more than 1 million female employees involved in the suit did not have the necessary cohesion in their alleged reasons and that there was not enough proof that Wal-Mart operated in a discriminatory manner.

“Respondents’ only evidence of a general discrimination policy was a sociologist’s analysis asserting that Wal-Mart’s corporate culture made it vulnerable to gender bias," the court said of its decision. "But because he could not estimate what percent of Wal-Mart employment decisions might be determined by stereotypical thinking, his testimony was worlds away from ‘significant proof’ that Wal-Mart ‘operated under a general policy of discrimination.’”

This marks a major victory for Wal-Mart which stood to lose upwards of $1 billion if the class action lawsuit had moved forward and faced allegations of favoring men over women when it came to wages and promotions.