Betty Dukes


Age: 67

greeter at Walmart in Pittsburg, California who took the retail giant all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest gender-bias class-action lawsuit in U.S. history as lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Walmart after she alleged in the 2001 lawsuit that the company violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or gender when she said Walmart systemically paid women employees less than male counterparts and promoted men to higher positions at faster rates than women (the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011, where it was dismissed), but who continued working for Walmart until 2016.

Cause of Death: Complications from a heart disease

Born: March 17, 1950

Died: July 10, 2017

Antioch, California