Discrimination suit against Costco will move forward

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SEATTLE — Costco Wholesale on Tuesday lost the latest round in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that began in 2004.

The case involves roughly 700 women who say they were passed over for warehouse manager and assistant manager positions because, the lawsuit claims, Costco did not post those jobs, or descriptions of them.

Costco officials had hoped to stop the lawsuit after a class-action gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Costco lawsuit was put on hold for three years as the Wal-Mart case worked its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2011 said there were too many women -- as many as 1.5 million -- to be in a single class-action case.