- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court says black employees at a South Carolina steel mill can pursue a class-action lawsuit claiming racial discrimination in promotions.

The lawsuit by black workers at Nucor Steel in Charleston raises claims of a racially hostile environment as well as discrimination in promotions. In a 2-1 decision Monday, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that a judge improperly decertified the class on the promotions claim. The judge left the class intact on the hostile workplace claim.

The appeals court said the judge erroneously relied on a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that more than half a million female employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. failed to prove they had enough in common to pursue a class-action sex discrimination suit.

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