Landmark Wal-Mart Sex Discrimination Lawuit, Version "2.0," Comes to Dallas Federal Court

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It's been more than a decade since the federal suit first surfaced: Betty Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the sexual discrimination lawsuit that would eventually lead to a class-action suit and the book Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart, whose author often compared the lead plaintiff to Rosa Parks. And among Dukes's early-days compatriots was Stephanie Odle, a longtime worker for the discount chain who spent time in California, Nevada and Texas locations, including a '93 stint in Dallas at a Sam's Club.

It was after her time here that Odle says she first noticed: Wal-Mart treats its female workers poorly -- slashing their wages, refusing them promotions, making them the butt of crude jokes. Lesser qualified men were being given chances to advance, while women were being told they made too much money; and in the end, Odle says, she was fired for reporting wrongdoing on the part of a male higher-up. Story after story after story confirmed: Dukes and Odle had plenty of company.

Slowly the case worked through the courts, till in June the U.S. Supreme Court blocked consolidating the claims of some 1.5 million female Wal-Mart workers into a class action. But the women vowed: They would be back; their attorneys too. And so they returned Thursday, first to California, where Odle, now living in Norman, Oklahoma, joined others in filing the first Wal-Mart employment discrimination suit naming the stores in a single state. Brad Seligman, one of the lead attorneys, said: "The case we are starting today is the first of many." He called it "Wal-Mart 2.0."

Yesterday, the they filed the second suit -- this one in Dallas federal court on behalf of "present and former female Wal-Mart retail store employees who have been subjected to gender discrimination as a result of specific policies and practices in Wal-Mart's regions located in whole or in part in Texas." Per the suit, Wal-Mart has 451 locations in the state, including Sam's, and employs upwards of 140,000.

In yesterday's New York Times, Wal-Mart's attorneys and spokespeople dismissed the California suit as "unstable" (insisting each plaintiff's case is dissimilar and unsuitable for a class action) and more about "publicity value" than "legal virtue." Friday's filing follows. Odle v Wal-Mart
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JOSHUA
JOSHUA

YEP....GREAT WAY TO CREATE JOBS FOR THE REST OF US HARDWORKING CITIZENS....GET SOME SKANKS AND SOME SLEAZE LAWYERS TO SUE A BIG CORPORATION WITH LOTS OF WORKERS....YET THE MONEY THEY PAY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES COMES RIGHT OUT OF THE POCKETS OF EMPLOYEE JOBS NOT CREATED.

ANYONE CHEERING THIS BUNCH OF GREEDY FOOL IS ONE TOO.  HATE BIG BUSINESS, BUT SUE THEM CAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY.....

YOU KNOW, WALMART DOES NOT HAVE UNIONS.  SOME YEARS AGO THE UNIONS ORGANIZED A 5 PERSON BUTCHER GROUP IN JACKSONVILLE TEXAS WALMART AND VOTED A UNION IN.   THINKING THE UNIONS HAD A TOE HOLD IN GIANT WALMART, THEY CHEERED.  THE RESULTS, WALMART CLOSED THE JACKSONVILLE BUTCHER DEPARTMENT SO NOW ALL MEAT IS PACKAGED FROM ANOTHER STORE.

WAY TO GO EMPLOYEES, UNIONS, LAWYERS, GREED, AND SLOTH.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Why all the show trial preliminaries ?Lets time travel  and see how the Roberts court  will settle this matter.

WAL*MART Wins .

just sayin'
just sayin'

The only way to get over last night is to get back to living your life. To get back to work. I see you, Bob.

pbluett
pbluett

Walmart has employed a "textbook" perfect way to discrimnate against women, minorities and other unfortunate underlings by characterizing those advanced by it's" exclusive" promotional policies as "team players" and "highly ethical".  Obviously these are difficult "standards" to refute or to subject to an objective analysis.

pbluett
pbluett

You seem like a real "teamplayer"

Moffa
Moffa

yeah, why is he so angry?

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