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June 24, 2004

The woman who spearheaded the lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of a pattern of discrimination against women continues to work for-and like-the company, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Did you see my story in the paper today?" Betty Dukes asked customers at the store at which she works, which is 40 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Her story was in the paper because she is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that a federal judge certified as a class-action less than 24 hours before.

The lawsuit accuses Wal-Mart of paying women less than men for similar work and preventing women from getting promotions. The lawsuit could include as many as 1.6 million women who have worked for the company since late 1998.

She tells the newspaper that she continues to work for the retail giant because she likes the company and is looking for the opportunity to advance within the company.

The company denies the lawsuit's allegations, saying it will appeal the federal judge's decision to grant class-action status.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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