Wal-Mart's Oversized Suit

By Wendy Zellner

In a case that could cost Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) billions of dollars and further hurt its already bruised public image, a federal judge ruled on June 21 that a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the retail behemoth can proceed as a class action. The long-awaited decision means Wal-Mart faces the largest employment-discrimination action ever, covering up to 1.6 million current and former female workers.

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