SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. District Court here ruled Tuesday that a class-action gender-discrimination case against Wal-Mart Stores will go to trial, reports said Tuesday. The District Court ruling upheld a 2004 decision to allow the class, which could contain 1.5 million former and current Wal-Mart employees who were allegedly bypassed for promotion because of discriminatory company policy. Wal-Mart reportedly argued the case should not be a class action.

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