Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $4.8 million in back wages and damages to more than 4,500 employees nationwide for unpaid overtime. The company will also pay nearly $464,000 in civil penalties for violating federal overtime laws. The violations cover current and former managers at Wal-Mart vision centers and certain security personnel at Wal-Mart Discount Stores, Wal-Mart Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club Warehouses. The company improperly considered the workers to be exempt from overtime pay. Based on reports from the Labor Department, Wal-Mart began correcting the way it classifies the affected employees in 2007.
Source: Associated Press
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