Supreme Court appears closely divided in Wal-Mart sex-bias case

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Supreme Court appears closely divided in Wal-Mart sex-bias case
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 4:59pm
Supreme Court appears closely divided in Wal-Mart sex-bias case

The question before Supreme Court justices is whether hundreds of thousands of female Wal-Mart workers have enough in common to join together in a single class-action lawsuit.

By ADAM LIPTAK

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014631610_walmart30.html

The New York Times

 nwtreehugger  

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Many years ago, the plaintiffs in this case had up the anonymous records of over one million Wal-Mart employees. The names and social security numbers were randomized, but gender and pay plus other information was in tact.

A review of the pay records indicated when controlling for work experience, and considering for management full time employees, that there was very little discrimination if any at most stores.

They have since pulled access to those records, but anyone who looked at them would realize that working full time at Wal-Mart, and having a college degree were the primary controlling factors.

I believe the lead plaintiff was a part time greeter who had not finished high school. She complains others got ahead. The data indicated being part time generally prohibited promotion to management as well as not having some college. Virtually all store managers and assistant managers had a college degree.

If I didn't work full time and had not completed high school and worked for Wal-Mart regardless of gender, I wouldn't expect to be running a store in my career.
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Having seen pay discrimination all over for most of my life, the chances that it happened at least at some MalWarts are pretty good. However, I neither support nor deny the facts in this case. I was more interested in the SC's dilemma than in what eventually happens to MalWart.

 nwtreehugger  

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I hate to side with corporations, especially Wal-Mart, but I share the justice's concerns that the group of women represented by the proposed class is too broad. No way did half a million to a million and a half women working all over the country in different capacities experience the same kind of discrimination across the board. I don't expect them to certify the class. But if they do I'll be pleased to see a case that stands up for women's rights and threatens the chokehold corporations have on our economy (and for some our day-to-day lives.)