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Court to Take up Huge Sex Bias Claim Vs. Wal-Mart

Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 09:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Kwapnoski says she faced obstacles at Wal-Mart-owned Sam's Club stores in both Missouri and California: Men made more than women and they got promoted faster.

She never heard a supervisor tell a man, as she says one told her, to "doll up" or "blow the cobwebs off" her make-up.

Once she got over the fear that she might be fired, she joined what has turned into the largest job discrimination lawsuit ever.

The 46-year-old single mother is one of the named plaintiffs in a suit that will be argued at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. At stake is whether the suit can go forward as a class action, involving up to 1.6 million women. It has the potential to cost the world's largest retailer billions of dollars.

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