Skip to comments.Walmart wins sex discrimination case
Posted on 06/20/2011 9:21:09 AM PDT by facedown
Walmart has scored a crucial victory in the worlds largest sex discrimination case after the US Supreme Court threw out a class action lawsuit against it that sought to encompass more than 1m people.
The decision is likely to have wide-ranging implications for the course of legal disputes between big business and workers in the US because it will establish new standards plaintiffs must meet in order to mount class actions.
Walmart was accused by six plaintiffs of paying women in the US less than men and of passing them over for promotion, but they had sought to represent a larger group of current and former female employees estimated to number up to 1.5m.
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Even the "wise latina".
Misleading headline. This was regarding whether to certify the actions as a class-action only. Individuals will still be able to sue on the merits of individual cases, just not in a class-action.
Much of the discussion this morning has been about how expensive it will be for WM to fight these individual court battles. Speculation is they will be forced to settle most of them.
I want to know how all those women are paying their legal costs. Is the ACLU paying for the lawyers? Ummmm, excuse me. Are you and I paying the ACLU to pay for their lawyers? When the defense is "free", claimants can keep it in court ad infinitum!
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But the implications for WalMart are massive. Individually, they can easily take on the cases. It will be swatting at fleas, using their existing resources. They will lose a few, win most.
If this class action had proceeded it could have cost WalMart billions.
“Misleading headline. This was regarding whether to certify the actions as a class-action only. Individuals will still be able to sue on the merits of individual cases, just not in a class-action.”
Not to mention there were a number of ancillary issues that Walmart barely won by a 5-4 vote. For instance, the Marxist Four wanted to send the class action lawsuit back to the lower court to be amended with a different “legal theory” and allowed to proceed from there. Fortunately, the five good folk on the court threw the whole thing out, sending the plaintiffs back to below square zero in starting over if they so choose. That would mean another 10 years to get back to the Supreme Court with a far more limited claim, not to mention no fees for at least 20 years from when the first suit started.
They’d make up for the loss by buying more crap from China.
Our Walmart hires a lot of women I wouldn't even think of hiring. In fact, I see no male employees at all. Clerical is clerical. It's not rocket science. It's a low paying, boring job. And most of us did it at some point.
Most of the employees at the Walmart I frequent are non or barely English speaking women. The only English they know how to say is - “I not speak English”. (I’m guessing they know a little more English than they let on)
Thank goodness for America no little Chinese girls were permitted by Wal-Mart’s manufacturers to stand trial. Time to Wave Old Glory! (The little buggers did do a lovely job on this one over here, didn’t they? And what a price!)
I find it ironic that Big Labor, and its Marxist puppeteers, are trying to kill Wal Mart simply because it’s big and nonunion.
These ideological whackos refuse to acknowledge the fact that Wal Mart hires many folks from poor areas and sells poor people nice quality stuff they can afford.
It’s good the SC knocked the class action down. Let these allegedly wronged women sue individually and see what happens. I wonder if ACLU will stick by them if they do.
I’m glad we have a semi-majority in the Supreme Court. (Kennedy trends right but will occassionally go left field)
That said this is case is just a horrible piece of crap. It started with a woman who just thought that if she just stayed around long enough she’d move up. Sometimes that does happen but when it doesn’t it does not mean you are being treated unfairly. A part of getting promoted is attitude and many of these women have hurt themselves with their I’m a single Mom you have to promote me no matter how big a pain in the ass I’ll be. Life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes people will cut you a break but the best thing to do if you don’t feel you are getting a fair shake is to leave or transfer and don’t give me the crap that you just can’t. That is just a cop-out. I’ve left jobs, I’ve been layed off, that it is not easy but since when is it supposed to be? If you won’t take advantage of the freedoms you have then stay where you are. You have the job and the position you deserve because no one deserves to be made into a millionaire because they didn’t get a promotion they felt they should get. These women should grow up. Wal-Mart has countless women in high positions within the company but the difference is those women who have those positions know how to groom themselves something that even the men are required to do. I just don’t understand it. If you are so small that you can’t do the basic simple things then how in the hell do you think anyone is going to promote you? I swear adults today are just babies. They don’t need a promotion they need a bottle and a diaper.
Most of the women Walmart hires are not qualified to do much more. I wonder how many of those suing had college degrees and were passed over for management positions....
I hate to think what will happen if one of the so called “conservative justices” dies or is incapacitated and we have a Democrat in the white house. They have to live at least another 12 months.
Reported on CBS radio this morning-without saying “Wal-Mart”!
Apparently even the liberals on the SCOTUS could see this was just an effort by trial lawyers to fill their own pockets at Walmart’s expense. The BEST ruling would have included an order to the plaintiffs to pay the defendent’s costs...
This decision kills the “coupon settlement” firms who made their stock and trade on certifying ridiculous class actions.
The communists believe all business should be profit prohibited.
Just think of all the disappointed parasites that thought they had finally found their free ride. Been looking for their “ticket” for years...