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October 2011 Archives

Supreme Court Wal-Mart Discrimination Decision Alters Class Actions

Nearly four months after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, many commentators and legal analysts are trying to determine the long-term effects of the ruling. In Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the Supreme Court held that the 1.6 million women filing the class action lawsuit did not have a viable claim against the retail giant for sex discrimination because their claims were not "sufficiently similar" enough to fulfill the requirements of a class action suit.

California Governor Limits Use of Credit Checks in Employment Screens

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an important employment law into effect in early October. The bill prohibits most businesses from using credit scores and credit history by employers in making hiring decisions. California the seventh state in the country to ban the practice of credit checks by most employers.

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