Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Gender Pay Suit

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The Supreme Court hears a case this week to determine whether hundreds of thousands of women will be allowed to sue Wal-Mart. If the class action lawsuit is allowed to proceed, it could cost the retailer billions of dollars.


NPR's business news starts with gender discrimination and Wal-Mart.

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MONTAGNE: This week, Wal-Mart is at the Supreme Court to fight another round in a long-running sex discrimination case. Tomorrow, the court will hear arguments as to why hundreds of thousands of women should proceed with their suit against the retailer.

The case was brought by women who accuse Wal-Mart of blocking their promotions and paying them less than their male counterparts. If it proceeds, Wal-Mart might have to pay billions of dollars. This case could also affect how future discrimination suits are brought against large companies.

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