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March-13-96

Sex Discrimination Suit Ordered to Proceed

Attorneys involved in the sex discrimination lawsuit brought against Publix Supermarkets announced Wednesday that a federal judge in Tampa ordered the case to proceed as a class action. Twelve current and former women employees contend the grocery chain segregates its employees by gender and that managers do not post job openings for management and other positions. Judge Henry Adams rejected Publixs claim that women choose to work in the traditionally female jobs in which they are overrepresented.

The suit has been called the largest sex discrimination suit in history, and its ruling could affect over 100,000 current and former employees in the 500-store chain.

Media Resources: Reuters - March 13, 1996