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March 30th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Women take on Walmart

(CNN) - Female workers suing retail giant Wal-Mart Stores for workplace discrimination faced an uphill battle at the Supreme Court Tuesday in their efforts to proceed in a massive class-action lawsuit. The case is among the most important case of its kind the justices have ever heard, and a ruling could eventually impact businesses large and small.

Betty Dukes, Plaintiff in class action suit against Wal-Mart, and Joseph Sellers, Co-Lead Counsel for Paintiffs, talk to Christine Romans about the case.

Filed under: Business • Jobs • Law • U.S. • Women's Rights
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  1. July Dotel

    Yes, Wal-Mart discriminate against women. They mistreats women. Wal-Mart need to learn how to treat women. In the store where I work for in Norwalk, Connecticut, they discriminate against women in all aspect. Myself I have been discriminated by my male boss and no one is doing anything because member of management don't believe me. I had called a lot of people to resolve this issue and they have me go back and forward talking with a lot of diferent managers, but nothing has been done. Thanks.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  2. Deisenacher

    I am I the only one who noticed who professional and proper (educated) the Walmart representative spoke? The plaintiff couldn't even speak with proper sentence structure nor pronounce simple words correctly. I may be off here but could that be the difference between Walmart advancing one woman but not the other? Just saying.

    BTW If the job involves picking up 50# bags, there is nothing wrong with requiring a prospective applicant. There are many women who could do this and many men who could not. It would be very condescending towards to assume that women could not do this task as well.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  3. jacoblane23

    For the two years I worked at Walmart not only was the store manager a women, but more than half of the head staff below her were as well. While I have many issues with the franchise, equal employment is not one of them.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  4. Pat Houser

    I was let go at Walmart for going over on a 15 minute break. Was with the company almost 20 years..I would love to included with this lawsuit.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:42 am |