the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is deciding whether millions of women who work at Wal-Mart or are former employees can join a class action sex-discrimination lawsuit against the chain. Plaintiff’s attorney Brad Seligman says that discrimination was “a system-wide process” at Wal-Mart’s 3,400 stores and that their sexual discrimination expert witness found that “in every one of 41 regions, women got paid less than men” by an average of a couple of thousand dollars a year. As a class action it would be the largest civil rights suit in US history. Seligman wants to see all the women compensated and the company change its practices.
Excerpted from SFGate.com.