The Ninth Circuit granted class certification in a lawsuit against Wal-Mart alleging gender based discrimination against some 2 million women.  See report.  It was a close 6-5 decision at the court.  The Ninth Circuit heard the arguments en banc, which means the that the Ninth Circuit issued an initial decision.  One of the parties did not like the initial decision, so they asked  for the entire Ninth Circuit (en banc) to hear the case.  The en banc court then granted the class certification. 

It is a big win for employees.  Wal-Mart commits its share of violations of employment statutes.  The class will be for current and former female employees who have been passed over for promotion.