Alliance for Justice Issues Report on Landmark Walmart v. Dukes Case
Media Phone Briefing on Facts and Implications of the Case Will Be Held Tuesday, March 22
Press ContactKevin Fry email@example.com
Washington, D.C., March 17, 2011– Alliance for Justice today released a comprehensive report on the biggest case of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010-11 term. The report analyzes the stakes and legal ramifications of Wal-Mart v. Dukes, which concerns the right of as many as 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees to hold the retail giant accountable for a pattern of discrimination that pervades every region of the giant retailer’s U.S. operations. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Tuesday, March 29.
The report, “Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Will the Supreme Court Protect Wal-Mart’s Discrimination Against Women?” is available for download here.
In addition to describing key facts in the case, the report explains its broader implications not just for employment discrimination claims, but for all class actions against major corporations. According to the report, “If our nation’s largest employer can avoid liability for systemic discrimination across its nationwide chain of stores, it will undermine the equal rights of all women workers. Moreover, any ruling by the Roberts Court that makes it harder for employees to bring a class action will remove an important safeguard that protects workers when they suffer discrimination.”
Among the information and themes explored in the report are:
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Alliance for Justice will host a telephone briefing to discuss the facts and implications of the case on Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
The panel will consist of: Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center; F. Paul Bland Jr., Senior Attorney at Public Justice; and Michael Foreman, Director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic at Pennsylvania State University Law School. The discussion will be led by Brian J. Siebel, Director of Justice Programs at Alliance for Justice, principal author of the new report.
To join the call on Tuesday, dial (712) 432-0111 and enter access code 636847#.
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For more information on the Corporate Court, including the latest news, an overview of business cases on the Supreme Court’s 2010-11 docket, special reports, and analyses of key cases, visit AFJ’s Corporate Court resource page.
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Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For more than 30 years, AFJ has led the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women's rights, children's, senior citizens' and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voices heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.