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Wisconsin becomes newest legal battleground for Walmart female employees

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has become the latest legal battleground between Walmart and its female employees who claim that they’re being denied equal pay and promotions.

Minneapolis attorney Jim Kaster filed a class-action suit in federal court in Madison, seeking damages for Walmart workers in parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan as well as the Badger State.

The request includes back pay, punitive damages, and other financial relief.

A similar case in Tennessee was recently thrown out, as a judge said it was untimely. Another regional lawsuit in Dallas was thrown out last October.

Other regional cases are still pending in San Francisco and Florida, after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a national gender-discrimination suit against Walmart in 2011.

The justices said there was “no convincing proof” of a company-wide effort to discriminate.

But plaintiffs’ attorney Kaster said women were told flat-out that quote, “Women deserved less pay and fewer promotions than men, because men had families to support.”

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove is not commenting on the new Wisconsin lawsuit.

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