by Lance Turner
Posted 10/29/2012 01:32 pm
Updated 2 years ago
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. -- covered up with gender-bias lawsuits -- is asking a judge today to dimiss a suit by 11 women who say they suffered pay and promotion discrimination by the world's largest retailer.
Citing a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that shattered a planned national group lawsuit known as Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the company on Oct. 26 asked Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. to reject the women’s bid to create a smaller, regional suit and asked him to limit participation in the case to those who brought it.
“The Supreme Court held that the Dukes plaintiffs could not proceed on behalf of a nationwide class, not because of its size, but because plaintiffs had failed to ‘establish the existence of any common question,’” the Bentonville, Arkansas- based company told Scola in its filing.
The Florida lawsuit was filed Oct. 4. There have been others recently, including one filed in Tennessee and another in Dallas. In its argument today, Wal-Mart notes that it employs 94,000 people in Florida alone.
Meanwhile the Dukes case -- originally filed back in 2001 -- is still pending.