2001 - Betty Dukes, a Wal-Mart greeter at a store in Pittsburg, California, and five current or former female employees filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, accusing the retailer of discriminating against its female employees by paying them less than men and giving them fewer promotions.
2003 - Attorneys for the women filed a motion for class certification and asked the judge to rule the case can go to trial on behalf of all women who worked for Wal-Mart in the United States at any time since December 26, 1998, a group believed to exceed 1.5 million current and former female employees.
2004 - U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins ruled the lawsuit can proceed as a ...view middle of the document...
In 2000, Betty Dukes, a 54 year old greeter made claims of sex discrimination. She worked at Wal-Mart Stores for six year but was denied training that would allow her to receive a higher paying salary. In 2001, Ms. Dukes and other female employees filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores in California. The lawsuit filed was a class action sex discrimination lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleged that women were being discriminated against in its promotion and compensation acts. The women claimed to have received less pay than their male counterparts. They also claimed to receive fewer and less frequent opportunities than male workers at Wal-Mart Stores. The case eventually expanded to include more than one million women between 2003 and 2004. At that time, it was considered the largest class action lawsuit in United States history.
Charges were filed in every state except for Montana and Vermont. Florida, Alabama and Georgia carried the most claims. Current and former employees of Wal-Mart Stores requested a judgment against the company for injunctive and declaratory relief, punitive damages, and backpay, on behalf of themselves and the entire class.
It was proposed that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California include a class of women that were employed at Wal-Mart Stores since December 26, 1998. This would include women working at Wal-Mart and receiving less pay and find fewer and less frequent opportunities of promotion than the male workers. Wal-Mart objected to the massive size of the proposed class but the district court granted...