High Court Sides With Wal-Mart in Huge Job-Bias Class Action

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The U.S. Supreme Court has put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers would simply be too large.

The ruling Monday -- which did not address the merits of the lawsuit, only the question of its size -- was a big victory for the nation's largest private employer, and the business community at large, The Wave reported, citing CNN.

The high-profile case-- perhaps the most closely watched of the high court's term -- is among the most important dealing with corporate versus worker rights that the justices have ever heard, and could eventually affect nearly every private employer, large and small.

The named plaintiff, Betty Dukes, is an African-American woman from the San Francisco Bay Area.