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Justices accept appeal over Wal-Mart gender pay lawsuit
CNN: After ten years, a pay discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart is moving forward to the Supreme Court. The Court will decide whether to handle the original lawsuit as a class action suit. Plaintiffs in the suit claim that women were paid less than men and given fewer advancement opportunities.
"The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether to certify the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, a long-standing dispute against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions. The case would be among the biggest of the current term, and could establish binding standards over high-stakes liability involving employers large and small.
The justices announced Monday they had accepted the Arkansas-based company's appeal in a case of corporate versus worker rights, and will hold oral arguments next spring. A divided 6-5 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year had allowed the combined, multiparty litigation to move ahead to one trial, where a verdict against the company could result in billions of dollars in damages."