So, as you may have heard, a divided Ninth Circuit voted to give the Dukes v. Walmart class action suit the go-ahead.
With the largest plaintiff class ever, Dukes
is not the largest sexual discrimination suit in the history of the US, it's the largest class action suit in the history of the US as well. Of course, Walmart had hoped to quash the class action suit, which would have allowed it to use divide and conquer tactics to kill any individual lawsuits that popped up - now the retail giant faces a lawsuit that, if they lose, could cost them billions
It's good to see that Walmart's delaying tactics here may finally have come to an end - they've been dragging out the case since 2001, hoping to prevent the class from being certified. And hopefully, it will help shed some light on endemic sexual discrimination in the American labor market. While moves like the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act are helping, the problem is that the wage gap still remains, not to mention that one sees fewer women the higher one moves up the corporate ladder. Maybe this case will show people that the issue isn't with women, but with the corporations.