On March 1, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Women’s Law Center filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court today, along with 32 other organizations, supporting a class action lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart for systemic discrimination against the company’s female employees at stores across the country. The brief addresses three aspects of sex discrimination: significant disparities between women and men in pay and promotions, archaic sex stereotypes that influence employment decisions and systemic barriers that block individual women from challenging the discrimination.
Lenora M. Lapidus, Director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, commented on the case in a recent press release.
Denying women equal pay and equal opportunities at work violates our fundamental values of fairness and equality. All employees should have the right to challenge unequal treatment in the workplace. A class action lawsuit is the best mechanism to allow the employees of Wal-Mart, one of the largest employers in the country, to address their claims of discrimination.