Fla. Workers May Be Impacted By Walmart Decision

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The United States Supreme Court protected Walmart to a degree in a unanimous ruling separating a class action lawsuit into separate suits.

Walmart, which has 176 Supercenters, 30 stores, 44 Sam’s Clubs, and employs over 92,000 workers in the Sunshine State, was sued by a group of women who were claiming sexual discrimination by the retail giant. The women were seeking class-action status which could have involved up to 1.6 million women.

The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 against allowing the lawsuit against Walmart to continue as a class-action suit. Instead, the women who claimed to have been discriminated against must file individual lawsuits against the company.

But, with far less than the potentially billions of dollars in a possible class-action suit, Walmart will be under much less pressure to settle any pending lawsuit, according to the Associated Press.

There was another part of the ruling that will make it much tougher to try and sue a company in a class-action discrimination lawsuit.

The second part of the decision, which was a 5-4 decision in favor of the conservative majority, said there has to be common elements tying together all of the employment decisions.

Walmart reported spending $17 billion in Florida for merchandise and services. The company said it paid $753.1 million in sales taxes.

The case was Walmart vs. Dukes, et al.

For more on the case from CBSNews, click here.

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  1. PhoneBill says:

    GREAT NEWS!! It was ONLY the lawyers who would have won had this gone through. People need to accept reality, companies will hire the person they think will do the best job, REGARDLESS of race or gender. For the few companies that do discriminate, WHY would you want to work there?

    1. ClayRenoit says:

      NOW MR PHONEBILL YOUR SO RIGHT…People need to accept reality, companies will hire the person they think will do the best job, REGARDLESS of race or gender. For the few companies that do discriminate, WHY would you want to work there? Now this is something to think about…BUT WALMART NEEDS TO CLOSE IT’S GETTING TO BIG FOR IT’S OWN PAINTS….NASTY STORES. NASTY PEOPLE THAT SLAVE.ASK A QUESTION AND YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND THEM. WORKERS WORKING WALKING AROUND ON THERE CELLPHONES. TELLING NASTY JOKES, I LOVE SHOPPING AT WALMART. THIS ENDED WHEN I WANTED TO CHECK-OUT AND I WENT TO SPORTING GOODS AND WAS DISRESPECTED WHEN THE WORKER SAID SHE CAN NOT CHECK ME OUT BECAUSE I WAS WHITE. SO I WENT TO TELL SOMEONE A MANAGER AND SHE WAS NICE AND SHE HAD A LADY OPEN UP AND CHECK ME OUT. SO I WENT AND SEEN THE MANIGER TALKING TO THIS PERSON AND SAID THAT SHE WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS..SO WEEKS PASSED THIS LADY IS STILL WORKING DOING THE SAME JOB. SO I ASK THE MANAGER ABOUT WHY THE WORKER IS STILL DOING HER JOB. SHE THE MANAGER SAID SHE FORGOT WHAT HAPPEN. AND CAN I TELL HER WHAT HAPPEN AGAIN. i ASKED HER WAS SHE ON SOME TYPE OF DRUGS. SHE SAID NO. BUT THIS STUFF HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. SO YOU REMEMBER SHE SAID A LITTLE BUT IT WAS NOT SOMETHING TO FIRE SOMEONE OVER….SO I AM NOT GOING BACK…..WHITE OR NOT

      1. ClayRenoit says:

        this was walmart at Homstead FL…workers clean every hour but this store iit just stays nasty….shopping carts never work when you need one or if your lucky to find one. Knowone helps you when you buy something big.,The workers none of them say thanks for shopping with walmart it’s like they got your money and thats it..Workers at the door just don’t give a dam anymore.Where I come from if you disrespect someone. You get your walking papers the same hour. Not forget about it. it’s not worth firing over. Walmart where I came from had rules…no cellphones on the floor, no baggy paints even if you work in shipping…do not walk around the store with your buddies laughhing and telling jokes. This is a work place not a hangout…workers here in Homestead at walmart work in shipping walk out on the floor the workers had got into a fights and the police broke them up and i watched and everyone that got into a fight went right back to work in the back in shipping. So knowone talked to them knowone was fired. I will leave it as that. oh one more thing these workers play loud music while working on the floor. back in the day if you did any of the things that i have told you about the Manager would walk your but to the door…your fired. no playing …So why does some stores get by with breaking the rules? Maybe they need workers and don’t care what the workers do. I have seen workers find a bike and have walmert cloths on and ride the bike around the store ride it pass where the bikes hang get off and keep walking to the back where other workers are and keep working. pass football and where ever the ball falls and then they just go on working. Bad words OMG bad words…This is workers talking to the other workers and others just like me can hear coming from Managment…I am serious this walmert needs to close for about a week and clean-up it’s act…rehire new workers and managment…IT’S JUST TOO NASTY

  2. clayRenoit says:

    Sorry for the CAPS LOCK but people don’t understand that when something is serious if its all wrote in small letters. How do people get that of something serious. Or is it ADMIN

    being a jerk. I don’t have to make any comments. And you can remove me from posting comments go ahead. remove me unsub me. if you want to be a jerk about things

  3. PhoneBill says:

    ADMIN, you were spot on AND polite to boot. Postings with all caps are nearly impossible to read and I often avoid them too. .

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