Female Workers Hit Walmart With New Class-Action Suits

Colossal nationwide suit split into regional cases
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2011 5:32 AM CDT
Female Workers Hit Walmart With New Class-Action Suits
The five plaintiffs in a case of women employees against Walmart pose for a photograph outside the Supreme Court in Washington earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Four months after the Supreme Court decided that 1.5 million past and present female workers at Walmart couldn't be lumped together in a single class-action suit, the first of what promises to be a flood of fresh lawsuits have begun. The original plaintiffs—who say they were denied pay rises and promotions because of gender bias—have filed class-action suits on behalf 95,000 of the retail giant's female employees in California, and on behalf of up to 45,000 workers in Texas.

The new lawsuits, the beginning of an "armada" of lawsuits across the country, "are what we like to call Walmart 2.0," one of the lead plaintiff lawyers tells the New York Times. Attorneys for the retail chain say the latest lawsuits, like the nationwide one, do not merit class-action status. "It’s the same theory, in a different wardrobe, and I don’t think it’s going to work," a Walmart lawyer says. "These lawyers seem more intent on alleging classes for their publicity value than their legal virtue." (More Walmart stories.)

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