SAN FRANCISCO — A divided federal appeals court in San Francisco says Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must face a massive class-action lawsuit that claims the world’s largest private employer discriminates against women workers.
The 6-5 ruling by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on yesterday exposes the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer to billions in damages if it loses the case at trial. The lawsuit was filed in 2001 and includes more than 1 million current and former workers.
The lawsuit alleges that Wal-Mart pays women less then men for the same jobs and that female employees receive fewer promotions and have to wait longer for those promotions than male counterparts.
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