Wal-Mart to pay $40 million to Massachusetts workers

Workers claim retailer denied them rest breaks and overtime pay
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/09/2010

Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $40 million to a group of employees in Massachusetts who accused the retail giant of systematic wage-and-hour violations.

In the class-action lawsuit, 87,500 current and former employees of the state's Wal-Mart stores claimed the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer denied them rest and meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay overtime.

The settlement covers any employee who has worked for the retailer in Massachusetts between August 1995 and Dec. 2, 2009. Each worker will get an average of $734.

The settlement, the largest of a wage-and-hour case in Massachusetts' history, according to a statement released by the workers' attorney, also includes an injunction that bars Wal-Mart from the conduct that prompted the lawsuit.

Last December, Wal-Mart agreed to pay up to $640 million to settle 63 separate lawsuits accusing it of similar wage-and-hour violations in stores across the country.

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