Magazine article Workforce

Web Mobilizes Wal-Mart Women

Magazine article Workforce

Web Mobilizes Wal-Mart Women

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The Web has revolutionized many aspects of business life. Now it's playing a part in the organization of a class-action lawsuit against retail giant Wal-Mart. The plaintiffs' lawyers believe that the estimated 500,000 class members make the suit the largest one ever filed against a private employer.

The lawsuit, filed on June 16 by six current and former Wal-Mart employees, alleges that the chain, which employs 880,000 people in the United States, discriminates against its female employees in promotions, compensation, and job assignments, in violation of federal law. It also claims that women are "largely relegated to lower paying jobs and systematically denied advancement opportunities."

The site, www.walmartclass.com, is "something of an innovation," says Joseph Sellers, a partner at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld and Toll, one of the six law firms involved in bringing the suit. "It's something we haven't done before, but it makes sense when the nature of the class action lends itself to inquiry by a number of people who are geographically dispersed. …

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