The courtís decision will not
just make it harder to bring big, ambitious employment class-action cases asserting discrimination based on sex, race or other factors, legal experts said
In his opinion, Justice Scalia said it was unacceptable
to allow employment discrimination lawsuits to proceed as huge class actions when monetary awards would be based on a broad formula per plaintiff, without having an individual assessment of how much each plaintiff had suffered.
Joseph Sellers, one of the top lawyers for the women in the Wal-Mart case, said that
as a result of the ruling, there would be
more class actions at the store or regional level, where it might not be hard to show that local managers had engaged in sex or age discrimination.