Philadelphia Employment Law News

Why the Comcast Supreme Court Case Matters in Employment Law

Did you know that Comcast's recent Philadelphia lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court has legal roots in employment law?

Well, that might be a slight overstatement on the relationship between employment law and the current class action lawsuit Comcast's case. However, much of the law used in Comcast's case comes from an employment discrimination case that was heard before the Supreme Court last year.

But wait, the Comcast case has nothing to do with employment law. It's a case involving Coast's business practices and its monopoly in the cable market in Philadelphia, right?

One of the main cases the Supreme Court could use in a decision on the Comcast case will come from the Walmart case, where 1.6 million female employees alleged sex discrimination, reports Bloomberg News.

Both lawsuits have one thing in common. They’re both class action claims. A class action lawsuit is one where a large number of defendants come together to sue on a common claim.

From time to time, employers will see class action claims against them. Walmart is one company that has been faced with more than one class action lawsuit brought by employees over the years.

The Walmart ruling imposes limits on class actions. One of the problems with this class action lawsuit was that there were too many employees suing and that there was a lack of similarity between the plaintiffs. Essentially, they were in too many different jobs in the company.

In short, not all of the Walmart employees were in the same boat.

Or, to break down the Walmart lawsuit even further, the court said that the numerous plaintiffs failed to point to a common policy that was violated.

In employment law, the idea of bringing a class action can largely be a strategic idea. An employer might feel much more pressure coming from a case where there are numerous plaintiffs and the potential of larger damages payouts.

The Supreme Court heard the arguments in the Comcast case and is set to decide the case by next year.

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