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Wisconsin women file regional gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart in wake of Dukes

Courts have already dismissed two such regional cases

The Supreme Court’s refusal to certify a national gender discrimination class action in its 2011 decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart has not deterred the women of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from seeking justice for perceived mistreatment.

On Feb. 20, five Wisconsin women filed a complaint on behalf of workers in Wal-Mart’s region 14, which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan as well as Wisconsin. The lawsuit accuses the world’s largest retailer of denying female employees the equal opportunities and pay to which they are entitled.

“Women at Wal-Mart were told by management that women deserved less pay and fewer promotions than men because men had families to support,” Nichols Kaster Partner Jim Kaster, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

However, in an omen that does not bode well, on the same day the women filed their complaint, a federal judge in Nashville dismissed a similar lawsuit as untimely. Yet another of these regional lawsuits met its end in October 2012, in Dallas.

Read more at Bloomberg.


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