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Wal-Mart to face a slew of discrimination lawsuits

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Months following a Supreme Court ruling that saw a dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, the women who claimed discrimination against the retailer filed another lawsuit in California, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The lawsuit announced last week cuts the number of alleged discriminated female employees from 1.5 million to just those in California, which is approximately 90,000, Reuters states.

The initial lawsuit was not dismissed as a result of the court finding no fault in the hands of Wal-Mart. Instead, the Supreme Court felt the 1.5 million jobs of thousands of stores nationwide weren't similar enough to be combined in the same lawsuit, the news source states.

According to the lawsuit, Wal-Mart purposefully discriminated against women, denied them pay raises, promotions and other benefits just because of their gender.

Joseph Sellers, a lawyer for the plaintiff, said in a statement that further lawsuits would come against the company during the next six months.

"We are beginning with the locales where the evidence of discrimination is strongest," lawyer Joseph Sellers said, according to Reuters.

Companies such as Wal-Mart, are covered by employment practices liability insurance in case of lawsuits.
 

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