According to an article in today’s Boston Globe, Wal-Mart has agreed to settle a wage and hour lawsuit which will net $40,000,000 to be divided amongst a class of tens of thousands of employees and former employees. The lawsuit alleged a cornucopia of violations including failure to pay overtime, denial of rest and meal breaks, and manipulation of employee time cards.
Companies that fail to pay overtime or who require workers to work “off the clock” run the risk of serious liability under state and federal law. Large companies like Wal-Mart with many different locations are wise to take stock of their wage practices because if violations exist, they are likely to be replicated throughout the company and not be isolated to a single location or even region.
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