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San Francisco-Race discrimination litigation against FedEx Express grew exponentially this week when a federal judge granted class certification to thousands of workers at the shipping concern. Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California is allowing “thousands” of African-American and Latino hourly workers and “hundreds” of lower-level African-American managers in the company’s western region to move forward with claims that FedEx Express hasn’t played fair with pay, discipline and, in some cases, promotions. FedEx Express is considering an appeal of Illston’s order, which was signed last week, said company spokesman Jim McCluskey. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein partner James Finberg, who argued the motion to certify back in January, estimated the class of hourly workers will number about 10,000 and the class of managers just shy of 1,000.

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