Wal-Mart greeter in biggest gender-bias case ever in U.S. has died

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18 July 2017 | 8:32 pm

ANTIOCH, Calif. — The Wal-Mart greeter who took the retail giant all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest gender-bias class-action lawsuit in U.S. history before ultimately losing has died.

Betty Dukes died July 10 at her home in Antioch, California, according to a niece, Rita Roland.
She was 67.

The San Francisco Bay Area woman was the lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart. The 2001 lawsuit accused the company of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, creed or gender.

Dukes, who worked at a Wal-Mart in Pittsburg, Calif., said in her lawsuit that the chain systemically paid women less than it did her male counterparts and promoted men to higher positions at faster rates than women. The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011, where it was dismissed, failing on a 5-4 vote.

Dukes worked for Wal-Mart until last year.

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