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Supreme Court Decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes

The Supreme Court has handed down a long-awaited decision  in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case, in the process placing a high hurdle for the women of Wal-Mart to overcome pay discrimination. Read a statement from NWLC co-president Marcia Greenberger and her article in the Daily Beast on the Walmart Decision's Devastating Consequences for Women.

The Decision

The question before the Court was whether Betty Dukes and her female colleagues at Wal-Mart could proceed as a class to bring pay and promotion discrimination claims against Wal-Mart.

In its decision, the Supreme Court places a high hurdle for women of Wal-Mart to overcome pay discrimination. Together with women everywhere, they will now face a far steeper road to challenge and correct pay and other forms of discrimination in the workplace. More from Center co-president Marcia Greenberger.

Rallies: Stand in Solidarity with the Women of Walmart

Organizations across the country held rallies on Tuesday, June 21st to show their support for the women of Wal-Mart. Find out more about rallies  in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. And, watch a short video clip from the Washington, DC rally at the Supreme Court Building.


Ten years ago a group of women who worked at Wal-Mart stores filed a lawsuit alleging that their employer engaged in companywide sex discrimination by paying women less than men, promoting fewer women to management positions, and promoting male employees more quickly. The case, Wal-Mart v. Dukes – as a class action – made its way to the Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments on March 29th.

Media Coverage

News Outlet/Blog Coverage of the Decision

Coverage from the Supreme Court Arguments

Watch the Center's Marcia Greenberger discuss Wal-Mart v. Dukes on:

Or listen to Marcia on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. Plus, watch footage from our rally at the Supreme Court on CNN.




         Act Now: Stand with the Women of Wal-Mart

Urge Your Members of Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to show your support of the Women of Wal-Mart and to fight against pay discrimination.

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