June 20 2011
Carrie L. Lukas
The Supreme Court just ruled unanimously in favor of Wal-Mart, blocking a sex-discrimination class-action suit from proceeding. This is good news for anyone concerned about our already-suffering economy, since a decision to allow this case to continue would have fundamentally changed the definition of what constitutes a class for litigation purposes and opened the flood gates for other class-action suits, which distract businesses from their missions and drain resources away from productive uses, such as hiring workers.
As I've written before, statistics can be misleading and comparing the wages of male workers to female workers shouldn't be used as proof of discrimination. Individual employees who believe they've been treated unfairly can still have their day in court, but this class-action suit is history, as it should be.