19 firms back ap­peal by Wal-Mart

Los Angeles Times - - Company Town -

In­tel, Al­tria, Bank of Amer­ica and 16 other com­pa­nies called on the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a Wal­Mart Stores Inc. ap­peal that seeks to limit class-ac­tion law­suits by work­ers.

Wal-Mart last month asked the high court to block fe­male em­ploy­ees from su­ing on be­half of as many as 1.5 mil­lion women. The case would be the largest gen­der-bias suit against a pri­vate em­ployer in U.S. his­tory.

Should the court agree to hear the case, it prob­a­bly would be­come the most sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness dis­pute be­fore the jus­tices.

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