Wal-Mart has settled claims arising out of an incident that occurred last year at one of its New York stores. The giant retailer will pay nearly $2 million, including $400,000 for victims’ compensation, and will improve safety at all of its 92 New York stores to avoid criminal charges associated with the trampling death of a temporary employee at the store. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says if she had pursued criminal charges against Wal-Mart, the company would have been subject to only a $10,000 fine if convicted.
As was widely reported, a temporary worker at Wal-Mart’s Valley Stream store was trampled by hundreds of bargain-hunters rushing into the store the morning after Thanksgiving. In addition, eleven others were injured that day. It was reported that the family plans to sue the county and the retailer for the death.
Source: Associated Press
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