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Wal-Mart Sex Bias Suit Important

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest employment discrimination class-action suit in American history. In 2001, Betty Dukes sued Wal-Mart for sex discrimination in a lawsuit filed on behalf of every woman who worked for the company since 1998—roughly 1.5 million women. The only question now before the court is "class certification": whether it makes sense for all 1.5 million women to sue together as a group. But even though the legal issue is a narrow one, Dukes v. Wal-Mart may be the most important case the court will decide this term. At stake is the continuing viability of one of the most important means of enforcing laws against discrimination/Richard Thompson Ford, Slate. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Is wage discrimination against women becoming a thing of the past? Or do we still have a long way to go in this country before the wage scales are balanced?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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