Supreme Court Cases

Wal-Mart v. Dukes

In 2000, a female greeter at a California Wal-Mart store named Betty Dukes had her pay cut and was unfairly demoted. Soon after, she learned that female Wal-Mart employees across the country had suffered similar injustices. In a lawsuit dating back to 2001, Dukes and 1.6 million current and former female Wal-Mart employees who say they were subject to discriminatory pay and promotion practices sought to hold Wal-Mart accountable.

Even though lower courts determined that the women of Wal-Mart could proceed as a class, in June 2011, the Supreme Court sided with Wal-Mart and threw out the class action.

The Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision dealt a devastating blow not only to the millions of women who faced discrimination at Wal-Mart, but also to workers around the country who seek fair pay and equal opportunity for advancement. We are working with policymakers and other advocates to develop a congressional solution that would ensure such workers their day in court.

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Amicus Brief

The National Partnership filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the business benefits of fair and inclusive policies, and the importance of class action lawsuits in reforming discriminatory practices. The brief offered a unique, business perspective in support of the plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case. Read the brief »

Recent Blog Posts:

The Pursuit of Justice is Not Over, by Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor, June 20, 2011

Wage Discrimination and the Fight for Fair Pay, by Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness. April 12, 2011

A Historic Tuesday in the Fight for Fair Pay, by Portia Wu, Vice President. March 29, 2011

Right Over Might: The Women of Wal-Mart Fight for Fair Pay, by Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness. March 28, 2011

Too Big to Be Held Accountable? The Women of Wal-Mart Deserve Their Day in Court to Challenge Unfair Pay, by Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness. March 1, 2011