A class action lawsuit based on gender discrimation that may impact more than one million current and former Walmart women employees is moving forward.
Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a class action lawsuit alleging that Walmart pays women less than men for the same jobs and that female employees receive less promotions and have to wait longer to be promoted can proceed.
Now, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the sex discrimination class action lawsuit against WalMart Stores and will consider whether to allow the suit to move forward as the largest job discrimination class action lawsuit in U.S. history, involving as many as 1.6 million women.
If the Supreme Court opts not permit the suit to move forward the women will have to file individual claims against Walmart and each lawsuit would be handled separately, which would support Walmart's position that if there was discrimination is was on a store or regional basis, where most decisions are made, and was not company policy. A decision is not expected until the end of June.