The third time wasn't the charm for Wal-Mart. The giant retailer recently lost its third high-profile case in which it was accused of violating workers' rights to take rest and meal breaks.
Most recently, 56,000 Minnesota employees alleged that they weren't allowed to take rest breaks, weren't paid for their meal breaks, and were compelled to work off-the-clock during training. Earlier this month, a court ruled that the company willfully broke the state's wage and hour laws two million times, and awarded employees $6.5 million in back pay. In addition, the company could be on the hook for up to $2 billion in state law fines (two million violations x $1,000 per violation), not to mention punitive damages. The company is considering appealing.
This is a familiar road for Wal-Mart. Previously, a California jury handed down a $172 million verdict against the company for failing to provide employees with meal breaks....(register to read more)
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