Wal-Mart and Costco

From www.walmartclass.com: 2/13/07
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided on February 6, 2007 that several current and former Wal-Mart employees may represent all female employees who worked at Wal-Mart any time since December 26, 1998 in a nationwide sex discrimination lawsuit. Over 2 million women are estimated to be a part of this lawsuit.

What is this lawsuit about?

On June 19, 2001, six current and former female Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club employees filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco called Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Their suit charges that Wal-Mart discriminates against its female employees in making promotions, job assignments, pay decisions and training, and retaliates against women who complain against such practices. The Judge on the case later ruled that the named plaintiffs in the case must have a claim that arose in California, in order to pursue the case in federal court there. The Judge’s order does not affect the rights of class members, who may be from anywhere in the United States. After this order, plaintiffs filed a motion to add five additional California plaintiffs to the original two. The Court granted that motion. On June 22, 2004, the Court certified a national class including all women who worked at Wal-Mart retail stores (including Sam’s Club) anywhere in the United States at any time since December 26, 1998.

Information about other struggles against Wal-Mart may be found at www.walmartwatch.com and www.wakeupwalmart.com.

From www.genderclassactionagainstcostco.com: 2/13/07

On Thursday, January 11, 2007, the Court certified the class finding that the three current and former Costco employees may represent all women employed by Costco in the United States denied promotion to assistant and/or general manager positions since January 3, 2002.

Costco may choose to appeal this decision. If they do not, the case will proceed to trial.

What is this lawsuit about?

On August 17, 2004, The Impact Fund and the law firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Davis, Cowell & Bowe, LLP filed an employment discrimination class action lawsuit against Costco Wholesale Corporation. The suit charges that Costco operates a "glass ceiling" at the store-management level which stops women from getting promoted to assistant manager and general manager positions.

A Book about Wal-Mart and Sex Discrimination in Employment: Selling Women Short, The Landmark Battle for Worker’s Rights at Wal-Mart, by Liza Featherstone. 


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