The federal government got off the sidelines Thursday to throw a few blocks for plaintiffs in a huge gender class action against Wal-Mart. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is opposing Wal-Mart's bid to try punitive damages on a case-by-case basis, according to an amicus curiae brief the commission filed with the 9th Circuit. The move is a reversal, as the commission had previously declined to intervene. Wal-Mart's lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., called the EEOC's position "fundamentally incorrect."
EEOC Reverses Stance on Wal-Mart Class in Gender Bias Case
March 20, 2009