A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must face a class-action lawsuit alleging the world’s largest private employer discriminates against female workers. The 6-5 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit exposes the retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, to billions in damages if it loses the case at trial. The lawsuit was filed in 2001 and includes more than one million current and former workers. It’s contended that the retail giant pays women less than men for the same jobs. It’s also claimed that women receive few promotions and even have to wait much longer when they are promoted than do their male counterparts.
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