After filing a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination against the giant retailer Wal-Mart, four Wisconsin women received a disappointing decision from the judge as they fought for employee rights. Stating that there wasn't enough evidence of differences between male and female pay for there to be a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the judge granted a summary judgment to the defendant.
The women were initially part of a class action suit that had been proposed, but a ruling made in 2011 by the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal rules precluded such a filing. After that setback, they filed another suit alleging that women were denied promotions and faced wage discrimination. In 2013, that too was dismissed. Other filings in locations across the country have encountered similarly negative results in claims that the company violated the law.