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19 Aug 2011

Dan Levine, Reuters

U.S. court sets deadline for womens' Wal-Mart claims

Women who had comprised a massive class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart...must begin filing individual claims against the company in the coming months, a U.S. judge ruled. Women alleging that the company denied them pay raises and promotions because of gender bias are regrouping after the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled a class of up to 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart workers in June. Attorneys for the women are expected to try to fashion smaller class actions as the litigation moves forward. In an order...District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco gave women who were part of the large class, and who had received permission to sue from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, until October 28 to file lawsuits. Plaintiffs must first take up claims with the EEOC before being able to file a lawsuit in federal court..."This is a fair approach that is very similar to what we proposed," said Wal-Mart attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr.