On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dukes v Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
At issue is whether the justices should allow certification of the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, a long-standing dispute against mega-corporation Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions. Arguments in the case are Tuesday morning and ruling can be expected by late June.
The company is the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer. If the class-action goes through, hundreds of thousands of women - perhaps as many as 1.6 million plaintiffs - could join in the largest discrimination claim of its kind. Tens of billions of dollars or more in damages are potentially at stake.
Outten Golden's Adam Klein discusses different scenarios that could unfold.