Costco gender discrimination lawsuit wins class action status

A judge revived the suit, which had been stalled pending the outcome of Wal-Mart v. Dukes

A U.S. judge Tuesday certified a class action suit that accuses Costco Wholesale Corp. of discriminating against its female employees.

With the judge’s decision, the lawsuit has expanded from three original plaintiffs to include approximately 700 women who say the retailer’s promotion policy limited the advancement of female employees. According to the suit, the company frequently failed to post openings for warehouse manager and assistant manager positions, instead promoting workers without a formal interview or application process.

Alanna Byrne

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