Gunter, 61, was running errands with her husband when she found out the court ruled that the lawsuit she helped file in 2001 did not qualify as a class-action case.
"I just can't believe this because after all the cases we won — and the Supreme Court said 'no,'" said Gunter, who lives in Yucca Valley.
The justices ruled unanimously on a procedural point that the lawsuit could not proceed as a class action, reversing a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
But by a narrower 5-4 vote that came closer to touching on the facts of the case, the court said there were too many women in too many jobs at Wal-Mart to wrap into one lawsuit and that the women had not proven that the company abided by a common, discriminatory policy.Instead, the court said, decisions about pay and advancement were made by individual store managers in individual cases.