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Bloomberg News reports that Walmart is being sued by five Wisconsin women "who claim the company denied them and other female employees equal pay and equal opportunities ... Their complaint, on behalf of workers at stores in parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, was filed in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, on Feb. 20." ironically, this was the same day that "a federal judge in Nashville, Tennessee, dismissed a similar case as untimely."

As Bloomberg notes, "Those cases and two more like them were filed after a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting a national gender- discrimination class action, or group lawsuit. The high court’s majority in that case found 'no convincing proof' of a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy." However, the Supreme Court left room for the suits to be filed on a more localized basis.
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