The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed a Philadelphia jury’s huge verdict against retail giant Walmart. In 2006, the jury concluded the company violated state and federal wage laws when it forced employees to work through unpaid breaks and perform other duties while off the clock.
Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein approved the award of $151 million in wages and damages, plus $45 million in attorney fees. Walmart was ordered to pay $33.8 million in legal costs, with the balance paid by the workers.
Walmart had appealed the verdict, arguing that each of its 187,000 Pennsylvania employees should be deposed to determine the final verdict. The plaintiffs’ attorneys countered that all employees’ pay records were part of the calculation even if their testimony was not.
The case had been remanded to recalculate the attorneys fees. Walmart is mulling an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.