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Women Deserve Dignity: ProPublica Checks In On Dukes

September 27, 2013 | by

ProPublica gender reporter Nina Martin caught up with Equal Rights Advocates Executive Director Noreen Farrell and Dukes v. Wal-Mart plaintiff Edith Arana for a look at the “impact and echoes” of one of the most important gender discrimination cases of our time.

Edith Arana, now in her early 50s, was a mother of five with 10 years of retail experience when she started working at a Duarte, Calif., Wal-Mart store in the 1990s for $7 an hour. In six years, she received excellent performance reviews but never rose beyond a low-level “support manager.” When she began pressing for a promotion, her supervisors cut her hours, she claimed, finally forcing her out of her job.

“I thought to myself, no one’s going to believe you — you’re just one person,” Arana said.

Eventually, though, Arana found her way to Equal Rights Advocates. The firm had heard many similar stories. Their lawsuit was filed in San Francisco in 2001.

Read the story at ProPublica’s site here, or download a PDF.

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