Wal-mart in sexual discrimination case

Wal-mart has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a sex-discrimination case brought by its female employees.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is appealing an April ruling that authorized the class action, which could include over 1 million female workers. Wal-Mart allegedly practiced widespread discrimination in its pay and promotion practices. The lawsuit was first filed by six women in federal court in 2001.

A divided Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals had allowed the lawsuit to proceed, saying mere size should not be a reason for dismissing the case. The litigation could involve billions of dollars in damages and has been described as the largest sex-discrimination class action ever.

Saying the workers are seeking billions of dollars in back pay, Wal-Mart told the justices that the claims of workers around the country were too diverse to proceed as part of one lawsuit.

The Supreme Court will have to decide whether to hear the appeal.

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