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For Immediate Release

Jill Cashen, UFCW, 202-728-4797 or email

Walmart Denied the Option to Defend Gender-Discrimination Claims on a Case-by-Case Basis

Largest Gender-Discrimation Case Set to Proceed in Court as Class Action Suit


The following statement was released today by Wake Up Walmart:

"Today, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Walmart's women workers can vindicate their rights together in a class action case, instead of facing the company one case at a time. Today's ruling holds the nation's largest private employer accountable to a class-action claim that could cost the company billions of dollars in lost wages and benefits owed to female employees who have lost opportunities as a result of Walmart's discriminatory actions.

With more than 1.4 million associates nationwide, Walmart has single-handedly transformed the American economy by setting workplace standards by which all other retailers and employers are forced to compete. Walmart argued against the class-action status by claiming the class was too big. But as the banks were too big to fail, Walmart's employment practices are too influential to let them remain unexamined and unchallenged in court. We congratulate the brave women who initiated this complaint and who seek to create a Walmart workplace that treats all associates equally." is about Americans joining together in common purpose to change Wal-Mart. There is only one force powerful enough to change the #1 Fortune 500 company in the world - the American people. is about giving Americans the tools to empower themselves to change the world's largest employer. We are Wal-Mart's customers and we have the power to make Wal-Mart live up to its responsibility to its employees, our families, our communities and the nation.