Supreme Court’s Walmart ruling makes it harder for workers to bring class actions

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In the most anticipated employment law ruling of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 said a huge lawsuit on behalf of 1.5 million female Walmart employees cannot proceed as a single class-action case.

Experts say the important ruling will make it more difficult for employees to band together in giant class-action cases against employers. (Walmart v. Dukes, No. 10-277)

The decision is a big victory for employers, who argued that a pro-employee ruling would create a surge of expensive new supersized class-action cases. The decision reversed a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that gave the green light to the class action by current and former Walmart employees.

The issue in the case wasn’t whether the company discriminated, but whether such a large group can link together in a class action. For the Supreme Court, the issue came down to commonality among such a diverse group of claims. In ...(register to read more)

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