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A retail giant is facing a gender-based discrimination suit for the second time.

A retail giant is facing a gender-based discrimination suit for the second time.

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When former Walmart employee Betty Dukes passed away in 2017, The New York Times wrote: “Ms. Duke’s legal effort helped draw attention to the working conditions of low-paid workers in so-called big box stores that dominate the retail landscape.”

Although her 2001 lawsuit against Walmart was dismissed in 2011, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the case had shown “gender bias suffused Walmart’s corporate culture.”

After the dismissal, others who had filed with Dukes’ suit in 2001 still had claims pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Now, they’re eligible to sue again.

Read the full story here.


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