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Monday, June 20, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes is out

The opinion is here.  Footnote 8 might be of particular interests to academics who have been following the debate between Monahan, Walker & Mitchell and Hart & Secunda:

Bielby’s conclusions in this case have elicited criticism from the very scholars on whose conclusions he relies for his social-framework analysis. See Monahan, Walker, & Mitchell, Contextual Evidence of Gender Discrimination: The Ascendance  of “Social Frameworks,” 94 Va. L. Rev. 1715,  1747 (2008) (“[Bielby’s] research into conditions and behavior at Wal-Mart did not meet  the standards expected of social scientific research into stereotyping and  discrimination”);  id., at 1745, 1747 (“[A] social framework necessarily contains only general statements about reliable patterns of relations among variables . . . and goes no further. . . .  Dr. Bielby claimed to present a social framework, but he testified about social facts  specific to Wal-Mart”);  id., at 1747–1748 (“Dr. Bielby’s  report provides no verifiable method for  measuring and testing any of the variables that were crucial to his conclusions and reflects nothing more than Dr. Bielby’s ‘expert judgment’ about how general stereotyping research applied to all managers across all of WalMart’s stores nationwide for the multi-year class period”)

The late Richard Nagareda's work is also given extensive treatment in the majority and dissenting opinions.

Posted by Matt Bodie on June 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM in Workplace Law | Permalink

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