For Immediate Release


Maria Patrick ( or
Andrea Maruniak (, 202-588-5180

National Women's Law Center

Supreme Court Places High Hurdle for Women of Wal-Mart to Overcome Pay Discrimination

WASHINGTON - Today in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against the female plaintiffs in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., v. Betty Dukes, et al., preventing them from banding together as a class to challenge the discrimination they described in receiving lower pay and fewer promotions.

A more complete statement on this decision and its implications for women will be available later today.

The following is a top line reaction by National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger:

“Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court issued a devastating decision undoing the rights of millions of women across the country to come together and hold their employers accountable for their discriminatory practices. The Court has told employers that they can rest easy, knowing that the bigger and more powerful they are, the less likely their employees will be able to join together to secure their rights. The women of Wal-Mart—together with women everywhere—will now face a far steeper road to challenge and correct pay and other forms of discrimination in the workplace.”


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