Merrill Bias Plaintiffs Say Dukes Supports Class Bid

Law360, New York (July 19, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT) -- Brokers accusing Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. of racial discrimination sought class certification in Illinois on Monday, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Wal-Mart v. Dukes supported their bid for certification based on a uniform employment policy.

George McReynolds launched the lawsuit against Merrill Lynch — which accuses the financial giant of engaging in systemic discrimination against black applicants and brokers in hiring, promotions and compensation — in 2005 on behalf of a putative class of about 700 financial advisers and trainees employed in...
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