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Over 500 Female Wal-Mart Workers File Sex-Discrimination Charges with EEOC

February 7, 2012

In a recent Carson employment lawyers blog, Howard Law's managing attorney Vincent Howard discussed Walmart v. Dukes--the ten-year sex-discrimination case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, in which Wal-Mart was accused of gender discrimination by a group of female Wal-Mart employees, who alleged discrimination in every level of employment, from entry level to managerial positions--a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

In July of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that the discrimination lawsuit could not move forward as a potential class of 1.5 million female employees--which could have been the largest class-action gender discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history--because the former and current female workers in the claim are not similar enough and lack common elements to form together as one class--necessary, according to the highest court in order to prove that Wal-Mart held a common pay policy that led to gender discrimination.

As Vincent Howard also reported in a previous Santa Ana employment attorneys blog, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision reversed the April 2012 decision made by the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which decided that the lawsuit could be handled as a single group. The Supreme Court decision allowed the group of women to pursue their claims individually.

According to the Sacramento Bee, at the end of last month, more than 500 of the 1.5 million in the potential national class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed a gender discrimination charge against Wal-Mart with the U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC)--as last month was the deadline for women in five states, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama, to pursue their claims. Former and current Wal-Mart workers from other states who also filed class action discrimination claims against the retailer reportedly have until May of this year to file an EEOC claim--and thousands of additional charges are expected.

In a statement by the attorney representing the 500 current and former female employees, filing an EEOC claim is another way for these women, who allegedly experienced workplace sex-bias discrimination, can assert their rights. Around 12,000 current and former female Wal-mart employees have contacted the plaintiffs' attorneys through the Wal-Mart class action informational website (www.walmartclass.com) in order to potentially pursue sex-based pay and promotion discrimination claims.

Class action lawsuits filed regionally on behalf of female plaintiffs from California and Texas regional Wal-Mart stores were also reportedly filed in October 2011 and an expanded class action lawsuit was reportedly filed in Texas last month.

In Irvine, Escondido, and Westminster, California, contact Vincent Howard and our labor and employment law team at Howard Law, PC today.

More Than 500 Wal-Mart Women File EEOC Discrimination Charges, The Sacramento Bee, February 4, 2012

Group of 500 Female Wal-Mart Workers File U.S. Bias Claims, Business Week, February 2, 2012

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

California Department of Industrial Relations, (DIR)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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EEOC Sues Walgreens for Disability Discrimination, California Employment Lawyers Blog, September 19, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court's Decision Sides with Wal-Mart in Sex Bias Discrimination Case, California Employment Lawyers Blog, July 6, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wal-mart Sex-Bias Discrimination Lawsuit, California Employment Lawyers Blog, March 29, 2011

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Supreme Court to Debate Class Action Certification of Wal-Mart Sex-Discrimination Case, California Employment Lawyers Blog, December 13, 2010

Wal-Mart Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Class-Action Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Ruling, California Employment Lawyers Blog, September 6, 2010