Supreme Court Rejects Wal-Mart Gender-Bias Suit

Justices say plaintiffs failed to identify corporate policy that led to discrimination.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that will mean new limits on nationwide class-action suits, ruled that
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. can’t be sued for discrimination on behalf of potentially a million female workers.

The justices, dividing 5-4, said the lawyers pressing the case failed to point to a common corporate policy that led to gender discrimination against workers at thousands of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores across the country.

The workers “provide no convincing proof of a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority. The court was unanimous on another issue, with all nine justices saying a federal appeals court applied the wrong legal rules in approving the class action.

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