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CHICAGO -- Wal-Mart Stores faces a pivotal hearing this week in a sex discrimination lawsuit that could become the largest ever and force the world's largest retailer to pay female employees hundreds of millions of dollars, Reuters reports.
The two-year-old lawsuit accuses the largest U.S. private-sector employer of discriminating against women employees in pay, promotions, and training, and retaliating against those who complained about the alleged abuse.
A judge in San Francisco is expected to hear arguments on Wednesday on whether to certify a class of plaintiffs that could include 1.5 million current and former female employees of the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer.
Wal-Mart, which employs more than 1 million people in the United States, has been the target of dozens of lawsuits alleging wage-and-hour violations and discrimination.