For women who want to see the economy thrive, the Supreme Court’s decision blocking a class action suit against Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, was the right decision. As IWF’s Carrie Lukas notes this ruling stops the suit in its tracks.
The Washington Post reports:
The court ruled unanimously that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cannot proceed as a class action, reversing a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The lawsuit could have involved up to 1.6 million women, with Wal-Mart facing potentially billions of dollars in damages.
Now, the handful of women who brought the lawsuit may pursue their claims on their own, with much less money at stake and less pressure on Wal-Mart to settle.
But then the newspaper goes on to say that business groups have lined up with Wal-Mart, while women and consumer groups are with the women who filed the suit. Not so. This is a common mistake newspapers make, assuming that all women embrace certain views. Not all women are anti-business and not all women want Wal-Mart to be entangled in costly litigation when it could be doing something far more important to the economy: hiring people, men and women, who might otherwise not have jobs.
Sure, if women are facing discrimination, we want them to have recourse to every legal remedy. What we don’t want to see is a handful of women attempt to file a class action suit pretending to represent Wal-Mart’s more than a million and a half female employees.