On Monday the Supreme Court of the United States halted the complaint historic partnership of more than one and a half million employees and former employees of the American giant Walmart distribution of wage discrimination.
In the decision the most anticipated of the year, the highest court of the United States found that each of these women could not claim to have suffered the same discrimination as the others.
The issue was highly sensitive because if the Court had sided with the complainants, the complaint in the wider partnership of the story could continue its journey to court with the key, a check astronomical.
In striking the complaint, the nine wise men are, however, may limit the remedies available to women claiming to be paid less and receive fewer promotions, being equal, than their male colleagues.
“The theory of the complainants is the existence of a corporate culture rooted and consistent,” said the Court in its decision, unanimous.
But she recalled that Walmart’s policy is left to the discretion of local managers allocation increases or promotions to their employees.
“The purpose of this policy is precisely to ensure that all employees are evaluated in the same way,” she continues, considering the method of “customary and reasonable”.
But “without cement to attach all the reasons common to all discriminatory decision, it is impossible to say whether the review of all complaints the same time respond to the crucial question:” Was I depressed? “,” the high Court added.
Walmart, the first private employer in the United States is a colossus: tens of millions of customers spend each week by a group of 3,400 stores in the United States. Walmart makes more than $ 400 billion in sales worldwide.
The distributor is regularly the subject of multiple legal proceedings against its social practices and employee unreliable.