By Max Clarke

A lawsuit that had developed over a decade between the world’s biggest retailer and some 1.6 million female employees, has today been overthrown by the US Supreme Court.

The case began in the year 2000, when a Californian Wal-Mart employee, Betty Dukes, filed for sexual discrimination after, despite glowing performance reviews, she was repeatedly passed up for promotion by men who had worked in the retailer for less time or who had performed less satisfactorily.

As her lawsuit was filed, the following year, more and more women came forward complaining of similar mistreatment, until the case was representing some 1.6 million current and former employees.

Today, after 10 years of court appearances, during which time books and documentaries have been produced on the subject, victory was finally claimed by the Wal Mart (NYSE: WMT) chain.

“Clearly today’s ruling in the Dukes case has important legal implications but just as important, it pulls the rug out from under the accusations made against Walmart over the last 10 years,” Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President, People, Walmart U.S. “Every female associate and every customer can feel even better about the company as a result of today’s decision.”


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