Merit and his former law partner, Steve Tinkler, initiated a nationwide class action lawsuit which was filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, California, in 2001. A coalition of seven law firms was formed to undertake the lawsuit. The class action is national in scope and represents approximately 2 million women, claiming discrimination in promotion and pay perpetrated by Wal-Mart against its female employees since December of 1998.
Following the United States Supreme Court decision to break up the class in 2011, Merit has been participating in ongoing regional class actions against Wal-Mart throughout the country.
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Six law firms identify six plaintiffs from the state of California, including Betty Dukes, and file the class action in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.