A Minnesota judge has given final approval to a settlement of a wage-and-hour lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, valued at an amount up to $54.25 million. Previously, in a non-jury trial, the judge held that Wal-Mart required hourly employees to work off-the-clock and denied full rest or meal breaks in violation of state wage-and-hour laws. The judge ruled that Wal-Mart broke labor laws more than two million times and owed the employees back pay. The settlement concludes seven years of litigation over Wal-Mart’s employment practices in Minnesota. Wal-Mart has faced dozens of similar lawsuits across the country.
Source: Associated Press
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