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The Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act of 2012: What it Means for Low-Wage Women Workers

One year ago in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, a deeply divided Supreme Court in a narrow 5-4 decision limited workers’ ability to come together as a group to challenge discrimination by large employers. It dealt a particular blow to women in low-wage jobs, who make up a disproportionate share of the low-wage workforce. For this group of workers, the challenges of living on low wages are too often compounded by persistent workplace discrimination.  This fact sheet discusses the Equal Employmente Opportunity Restoration Act of 2012 and how it will affect low-wage women workers.