The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the largest gender discrimination suit in U.S. history, which has been filed against Wal-Mart.
The legal action which may involve as many as 1.5 million current or former female employees of the world's largest retailer.
Wal-Mart is accused of giving women less pay and fewer promotions than male peers doing the same work.
The Supreme Court will decide if it is reasonable in this particular case for thousands of people with complaints to band together in what is called a “class action suit” against the company.
Class action suits are common in the United States and allow ordinary people to pool their financial and legal resources to take on a powerful company.
But Wal-Mart's lawyers argue because the case involves so many different jobs, people and stores it is too diverse to proceed as a single class-action lawsuit. voa