Court OKs Costco Gender-Bias Suit

Workers are allowed to proceed with their case against the retailer as a group.

Costco Wholesale Corp. workers who sued the retailer for gender bias will be able to proceed with their claims as a group.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco certified a class, or group, of plaintiffs, seeking monetary relief that includes several hundred women employed since 2002 who have been subject to the Issaquah, Washington-based company’s system for promotion to management positions.

Management’s Instructions

“Unlike in Dukes, in which Wal-Mart permits store managers to apply their own subjective criteria when selecting candidates, here the criteria plaintiffs allege to be subjective and unvalidated derive from top management’s own instruction,” Chen said.

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