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Wal-Mart asks court to throw out discrimination lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked the Supreme Court to throw out a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over pay for female workers.

Wal-Mart is the world’s largest private employer and could face billions of dollars in legal damages if the lawsuit is heard and it loses.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April that Wal-Mart should face charges in court that it pays women less than men for the same jobs.

The lawsuit was first filed by six women in federal court in 2001. They also allege that female employees receive fewer promotions and have to wait longer for those promotions.

The company, based in Bentonville, Ark., filed its appeal with the Supreme Court on Wednesday.