Wal-Mart, the world’s largest public corporation by revenue is now appealing before the Supreme Court to stop a class action sex-discrimination case filed by its female workers which was previously allowed by the Court of Appeals.
The class action suit, which shall include more than 1 million women workers, is claiming that the giant retailer allegedly allowed discrimination against women in pay and promotion practices. The case has been long and protracted; it’s spent 9 years in the federal courts of California, and 6 years at the Court of Appeals.
However, since the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals had allowed the lawsuit to proceed, billions of dollars in damages could be at stake in this case which makes it the largest gender discrimination class action lawsuit in the US.
The company, whose shares even increased since then, claimed that while the Court of Appeals allowed the class certification, it does not necessarily mean the case has merits. In a statement, Wal-mart said that it has been recognized as a leader in fostering the advancement and success of women and is an excellent workplace for them.
However, the lawyer who is representing the Wal-mart’s female employees said that Wal-mart is only trying to deny the plaintiff’s their day in court with the appeal.