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Bloomberg reports that "a group of female Walmart Stores Inc. employees who allege systemic sex discrimination cost them promotions and better pay must pursue 18 separate lawsuits because of significant fact differences in their claims, the Northern District of California said in a ruling that’s part of the aftermath of a dismantled class action against the retail giant.

"Each woman worked for a different supervisor at a different Walmart at different times, the court said. That means the circumstances of the bias each allegedly experienced didn’t arise out of the same occurrence or transaction, which is necessary for claims by multiple plaintiffs to be joined in one suit, the court said, granting Walmart’s motion to sever.

"The outcome is similar to that in a pair of cases against Walmart in federal court in Florida, where a judge ruled in July that 79 other female current or former employees had to pursue their claims in individual suits. All three cases stem from the proposed about 1.5 million-member sex discrimination class action against the retailer that the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated in its landmark 2011 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes decision."
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