Wal- Mart to fight law­suit

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor -

Wal-Mart THE US Supreme Court is con­sid­er­ing a bid by Wal­Mart to stop as many as 1.5 mil­lion fe­male work­ers from pro­ceed­ing with the largest dis­crim­i­na­tion class-ac­tion law­suit in US his­tory. If the bid is re­jected it would pave the way for claims dat­ing back to 1998 that could cost Wal-Mart, the largest pri­vate em­ployer in the US, tens of bil­lions of dol­lars in back-pay and dam­ages. The rul­ing is ex­pected to set a new prece­dent for labour dis­crim­i­na­tion cases, open­ing the door to a pos­si­ble flood of clas­s­ac­tion suits from women, mi­nor­ity groups and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

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