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Five Wisconsin women suing Wal-mart

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Five Wisconsin women are suing Wal-Mart, claiming the company denied them and other female employees equal pay and equal opportunities, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The complaint was filed in federal court in Madison on February 20, on behalf of workers at stores in parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

The same day, a federal judge in Nashville dismissed a similar case as untimely.

Those cases and two more like them were filed after a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting a national gender- discrimination class action lawsuit. The high court opinion was that there was no convincing proof of a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy.

The complaint states Sandra Ladik, the lead plaintiff in the Wisconsin case, worked at the company's Portage store from 1992 to 2006. She claims she was a maintenance department manager when she learned a male co-worker whom she trained to become a maintenance supervisor was being paid more than she was.

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