by Sandro Polledri, Esq., Genova, Burns & Vernoia
Over the past few years, large companies such as Microsoft, Abercrombie and Fitch, Intel, Federal Express, UPS, IKEA and Burger King have been involved in multimillion dollar class-action lawsuits for violating state and federal wage-and-hour laws. Now add Wal-Mart to that list.
The New Jersey Supreme Court certified a class of more than 72,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees. The decision allows one party to represent the interests of all the employees in a single legal proceeding against the retail giant.
Fortune 500 companies are not the only ones who are vulnerable to class-action lawsuits. Small businesses are equally at risk if they violate wage-and-hour laws. But, there are simple precautionary measures every business can take in order to avoid wage violations and potential class-action liability.
The Wal-Mart decision
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