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Bloomberg reports that Walmart has asked a federal judge in Dallas “to reject a proposed class-action lawsuit in which women allege that the world’s largest retailer discriminated against Texas female workers over pay and promotions.

“The company said the claims are barred by the statute of limitations ... The case also can’t be pursued as a class-action matter because there is little in common among the claims made by the plaintiffs, it said.”

The proposed class action would, according to the story, create a group of 45,000 plaintiffs. It is the direct result of a US Supreme Court decision last year that a national class action could not be certified because the cases did not have enough in common, a decision the plaintiffs’ lawyers have responded to by filing suits on a state-by-state basis.
KC's View:
I don’t mean to sound naive, but what bothers me about this story is the fact that Walmart is looking to get the case tossed because of technicalities - not because there wasn’t systemic - which is not to say coordinated and approved - problems with the way a lot of women were treated there for a long time. I think a lot of this has changed - there seem to be a lot more women working at the top of the Walmart ladder these days. But through legal maneuvering, the real issue isn’t being dealt with.