Akin Gump's Wal-Mart Bias Memo Not Privileged, Dukes Says

Law360, San Francisco (February 14, 2013, 4:45 PM EST) -- Employment discrimination class plaintiff Betty Dukes urged a California federal judge Thursday to force Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to hand over an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP memo detailing sex-based pay disparities at the retailer, saying attorney-client privilege evaporated when it leaked to Dukes' lawyers and the media.

According to the New York Times, the Akin Gump report found that salaried male workers at Wal-Mart earned 19 percent more than salaried women, and that men were typically brought on board initially for higher-paying jobs. 

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