The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Wal-Mart in what was set to be one of the largest sexual discrimination lawsuits ever.
If allowed, the lawsuit would have involved up to 1.6 million women who worked for the retail giant. Wal-Mart could've faced billions of dollars in damages.
The justices ruled unanimously that the massive suit against the company cannot proceed as a class action suit. The ruling reverses a lower decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. .
Now, the handful of women who sued will have to pursue their claims on their own, with much less money at stake.
One of those women, plaintiff Betty Dukes, said despite the courts ruling, she will continue fighting.
"We still are determined to go forward to present our case in court. We believe we will prevail there," Dukes said.
The lawsuit claimed women are grossly underrepresented among managers, holding just 14 percent of store manager positions in 2001 compared with more than 80 percent of lower-ranking supervisory jobs that are paid by the hour.