Court: Wal-Mart To Face Massive Class Action Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) A sharply divided federal appeals court on Monday exposed Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to billions of dollars in legal damages when it ruled a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over pay for female workers can go to trial. In its 6-5 ruling, the 9th Circuit...

Divided 9th Circuit Allows Gender Bias Class To Proceed

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) In a 6-5 vote, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 26 allowed claims that the nation's largest retailer discriminated against female employees solely based on their gender to proceed as a class action lawsuit ( Betty Dukes, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc...

Female Employees Sue Goldman Sachs, Alleging Sex Discrimination

NEW YORK - Goldman Sachs has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ( H. Cristina Chen-Oster, et al. v. Goldman Sachs, Inc., et al. , No. 10-civ...

Fox News Sued Over Reporter's Bias Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Federal authorities are suing the Fox News Network for allegedly retaliating against a reporter after she complained about unequal pay and job conditions based on her gender and age. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Fox News Channel reporter Catherine Herridge...

N.Y. Lawsuit: Citigroup Used Recession To Fire Women

NEW YORK - (AP) Citigroup was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of using companywide layoffs during the recent financial turmoil to purge its work force of scores of female employees to save the jobs of less-qualified men. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan accused the company of accepting...

Title IX Complaints Filed For 12 School Districts

NEW YORK - (AP) The National Women's Law Center filed complaints against 12 school districts Wednesday alleging they failed to offer equal opportunities for female athletes. NWLC officials say they believe statistics from 2006 indicate the districts violated Title IX, the federal law prohibiting...

U.S. High Court to Hear Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 6 agreed to consider only one question in the appeal filed by Walmart seeking to overturn a California federal judge's decision to certify a class of more than 1 million current and former female employees who claim that the nation's...

Massachusetts Woman Files $100M Lawsuit Against Cigna

BOSTON - (AP) An employee of Cigna Healthcare Inc. has filed a $100 million federal lawsuit claiming the health insurer engages in a widespread pattern of gender discrimination and harassment against women. Contracting manager Bretta Karp of Shrewsbury says in the suit filed Thursday in Boston that the...

Sports Law Blog: Gender Participation Issues Related To Sports - Title IX Of The Education Amendments Of 1972

By William H. Glover, Jr. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in athletic programs at institutions that receive federal funds. The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX can be to lose all federal funds, which includes guaranteed student...

7 Key Points From The Supreme Court's Wal-Mart v. Dukes Class Action Opinion

Jon Hyman Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the certification of the class action in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes . Recall that Dukes sought the certification of a nationwide class of 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees allegedly denied pay and promotions because of a corporate...

Wal-Mart v. Dukes Is No Death Blow To Women's Rights In The Workplace

Jon Hyman I thought that I had my final say on Wal-Mart v. Dukes yesterday . Then, I read more of the commentary on the decision. For example, this clip from MSNBC argued that the Wal-Mart case marks the end of women's equality in the workplace: Or consider this quote, courtesy of Joanne Bamberger...

Foley & Lardner Alert: Supreme Court Raises Bar For Class Action Plaintiffs In Wal-Mart v. Dukes

On June 20, 2011, the United States Supreme Court sided with Wal-Mart in a long-awaited decision regarding standards that apply to class action cases. The new opinion makes it harder for plaintiffs to obtain class certification [ Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes - an enhanced version of the opinion is available...

Duane Morris Alert: Supreme Court, In Wal-Mart Employment Discrimination Case, Changes Landscape Of Class Action Litigation

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes ( an enhanced version of the opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers. ), which overturned certification of a class of 1.5 million current and former female Wal-Mart employees alleging gender discrimination...