Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay up to $54.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged the discount giant cut workers’ break time and allowed employees to work off the clock in Minnesota. The class includes about 100,000 current and former hourly workers who were employed at Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs in Minnesota from September 11, 1998, through November 14, 2008. In the settlement, Wal-Mart has also agreed to maintain electronic systems, surveys and notices to stay compliant with wage and hour policies and Minnesota laws. In July, a Dakota County judge ruled against Wal-Mart in the lawsuit, saying the giant retailer violated state labor laws 2 million times by cutting worker break time and “willfully” allowing employees to work off the clock.
Source: Associated Press
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