Walmart has asked the High Court to overturn a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that allows a class-action suit alleging widespread discrimination against women to proceed.
At stake: $1 billion or more. The class of potential plaintiffs includes more than 1.5 million past and current female Walmart employees, the largest pay-bias class action ever. The plaintiffs in the case—Dukes v. Wal-Mart—say lack of training and promotion opportunities mean women who work at Walmart earn 5% to 15% less than men working the same jobs.
The Supreme Court will likely decide whether to take the case later this year. The issue in Walmart’s appeal isn’t whether the retail giant discriminated, but whether such a large group can band together in a class action.