Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a class-action lawsuit brought against Walmart by women from across the country alleging years of discrimination in pay and promotions is a travesty, argues Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.
“Today’s ruling from the right wing Roberts court is another blow to a woman’s right to fair pay and fair treatment on the job. There is no place in this country for a business to pay women less or promote them less because of their gender,” Miller, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s ranking Democrat, said in a news release.
“Americans have come to know the phrase ‘too big to fail’ when it comes to our nation’s big banks. Today, the Supreme Court said that women’s efforts to join together nationwide to seek justice against a powerful corporation can be so big they must not be allowed to succeed. This ruling underscores the need for Congress to strengthen our civil rights laws, especially when it comes to ensuring equal pay for equal work, by enacting measures like the Paycheck Fairness Act,” Miller said. “Nondiscrimination is not just a moral issue. In this economy, with family budgets stretched so thinly, no breadwinner can afford to have her pay reduced or her career ladder cut short because she simply happens to be a woman.”
Walmart, of course, is pleased with today’s ruling and believes the court made the right decision.
“Walmart has had strong policies against discrimination for many years. The Court today unanimously rejected class certification and, as the majority made clear, the plaintiffs’ claims were worlds away from showing a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy,” Gisel Ruiz, executive vice president of people for Walmart U.S., said today. ““By reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the majority effectively ends this class action lawsuit. Walmart has a long history of providing advancement opportunities for our female associates and will continue its efforts to build a robust pipeline of future female leaders.”
The case’s plaintiffs include some East Bay Walmart employees. Read more on the ruling here.