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