Late Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Decides Dukes v. Wal-Mart

Second Quarter 2011Newsletters California Update Employment Law

The United States Supreme Court recently raised the bar for bringing class action discrimination claims. Six women complained of sex discrimination in pay and promotion decisions, and sought to bring a class action on behalf of all women who have worked at Wal-Mart since December 1998. The purported class encompassed more than 1.5 million women. The Supreme Court held that a class action was inappropriate, in part, because plaintiffs failed to show that common questions of law and fact predominated, reversing the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the case.

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