A 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 threw out a massive class-action lawsuit filed by female employees against the giant retailer Wal-Mart, which operates stores in the Milwaukee area. This happened despite decades of precedent, which, according to experts, may also hurt the future of large-scale anti-discrimination cases. The workers claimed gender discrimination due to the alleged systematic underpayment and under-promotion of women in the company.
Retailers such as Family Dollar Stores, government contractors, such as Lockheed Martin Corp., magazine publishers such as Hearst Corp. and providers of business services such as Cintas Corp., all saw pending employment litigation change course due to the high court's decision. For example, in August 2013, the dismissal of a $7 million settlement was upheld by a federal court. The money had been awarded in a lawsuit brought by 153,000 minority borrowers of the former National City Bank who claimed discrimination in lending details during the housing bubble.
Employee discrimination of any kind is wrong, no matter how the Supreme Court may feel. A Milwaukee attorney with a solid background in fighting racial discrimination, age discrimination and other unfair employment practices may be able to help clients seek financial compensation after they have suffered through potential violations of their civil rights.
Source: Pro Publica, "The Impact and Echoes of the Wal-Mart Discrimination Case", Nina Martin, September 27, 2013