Betty dukes, a wal-mart greeter at a pittsburg, calif, store, and five other women filed a class action lawsuit in which they alleged that the company's nationwide policies resulted in lower pay for women than men in comparable positions and longer wait for management promotions than men. The supreme court's landmark decision in -mart stores, inc v dukes wal raised the bar for plaintiffs seeking class certification and will have a significant. The decade-long struggle surrounding dukes v wal-mart represents a functional and highly effective model on how to change the odds in favor of common people facing much more powerful corporate. When the us supreme court issued its 5-4 decision in wal-mart v dukes in june 2011, no one needed a richter scale to know it was a big one in throwing out a mammoth lawsuit by women employees.
Facts betty dukes (p), a female low-level wal-mart employee at a pittsburgh, california, store, with five other women, filed a class-action against the alleged violation of civil rights by the company. The supreme court has handed down a long-awaited decision in the wal-mart v dukes case, in the process placing a high hurdle for the women of wal-mart to overcome pay discrimination. David savage talked about the supreme court decision in wal-mart vdukes, a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees of the company, and he responded to telephone.
Wal-mart's response: the class is too big for the women to all have similar enough claims and it should be the burden of each woman to show otherwise women's response: they all work at different stores but they all face similar discrimination, ie the same kinds of harm, which stems from corporate policy. Walmart vs dukes on june 20, 2011, the united states supreme court (hereinafter supreme court) decided what has been deemed as one of the largest class action lawsuits ever filed specifically, a class of 15 million female, wal-mart employees alleged that they suffered sexual discrimination in the workplace. Dukes et al v wal-mart, northern district of california after the class in the original dukes case was decertified after the supreme court's ruling, betty dukes and some of her fellow plaintiffs. Oral argument: mar 29, 2011appealed from: united states court of appeals for the ninth circuit (apr 26, 2010)procedure, class actions, discrimination, monetary reliefrespondent betty dukes and other women have brought a title vii employment discrimination case against petitioner wal-mart stores. Wal-mart's announced policy forbids sex discrimination, and the company has penalties for denials of equal opportunity respondents' only evidence of a general discrimination policy was a sociologist's analysis asserting that wal-mart's corporate culture made it vulnerable to gender bias.
Facts dukes (plaintiff) and two other current or former employees of wal-mart stores, inc (wal-mart) (defendant) were three named plaintiffs in a proposed class action against the company that included approximately 15 million current and former female wal-mart employees (collectively plaintiffs. A walmart greeter who welcomed customers to the store, ms dukes was portrayed as the epitome of a low-paid female retail worker taking on a huge multinational corporation she was a voice. Wal-mart v dukes, 564 us 338 (2011), was a united states supreme court case the case was an appeal from the ninth circuit's decision in dukes v. View this case and other resources at: citation 131 s ct 2541 (2011) brief fact summary a small group of women who alleged.
Dukes v wal-mart: some closed doors and open issues 2 littler mendelson, pc •employment & labor law solutions worldwide™ in dukes-type cases, however, where the policy or practice at issue is presumptively lawful, and the issue is its potentially unlawful. It would be difficult to design a better legal david and goliath story than betty dukes v walmart in 2000, dukes was fifty-four years old and a veteran of six years at the company when she. Merits briefsbrief petitioner wal-mart stores, incbrief of respondent betty dukesreply brief of petitioneramicus briefsbrief for the equal employment advisory council in support o. Wal-mart's size was a critical factor in the us supreme court's controversial decision in wal-mart stores, inc v dukes, released last june the justices decertified a massive class action lawsuit that alleged wal-mart's workplace culture and policies resulted in discriminatory treatment of its female employees.
Wal-mart stores, inc be merged into wal-mart v dukes because they are one and the same case, the former being the lower and appellate court case name and the latter being the supreme court case name. Betty dukes, the lead plaintiff in wal-mart v dukes, is joined by edith arana, another co-lead plaintiff dukes spoke with aauw the night before the oral arguments for class certification were heard by the supreme court.
Current and former wal-mart employees sought judgment against the company for injunctive and declaratory relief, punitive damages, and backpay, on behalf of themselves and a nationwide class of some 15 million female employees, because of wal-mart's alleged discrimination against women in violation of title vii. Six women, including betty dukes, brought a class action against wal-mart, their employer they claimed that it offered lower pay for women than for men in comparable positions on a nationwide level, as well as longer waits than men for management promotions. While the media will surely look for the broader societal implications of the us supreme court's wal-mart decision, we can only report what seems obvious from the legal front — another big win.