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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- A U.S. appeals court yesterday allowed the biggest sexual discrimination case in U.S. history, against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., to remain a class-action lawsuit, according to press reports.
However, the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals did leave open the option for an appeal.
In February a three-judge panel ruled in a split decision that more than 1 million women could join a suit charging bias in pay and promotions. Wal-Mart said at that time that it would appeal the class certification to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.
Plaintiffs in the case estimate they could win billions of dollars in lost pay and damages and that as many as 2 million women who have worked for Wal-Mart in its U.S. stores since 1998 could join the suit, according to press reports.