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December 12, 2008
Wal-Mart to Pay $54M to Settle Wage and Hour Suit

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has agreed to pay up to 54.25 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of violating Minnesota rules regarding hours of work and meal and rest breaks.

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The class-action lawsuit included 100,000 current and former hourly associates who worked at Wal-Mart Stores and Sam's Clubs locations in Minnesota from September 11, 1998 through November 14, 2008.

The lawsuit accused the company of making employees work off the clock.

In addition to paying up to $54.25 million, a portion of which will go to the state of Minnesota, Wal-Mart agreed to maintain various electronic systems, surveys, and notices that will further compliance with wage and hour policies and Minnesota laws.

The settlement is subject to approval by the trial court, and the exact amount paid to class members will depend on the court's approval as well as on the number and amount of claims that are submitted by class members.

“Our policies are to pay every associate for every hour worked and to make rest and meal breaks available for associates,” says Wal-Mart spokesperson David Tovar. “Any manager who violates these policies is subject to discipline, up to and including termination. We remain committed to providing good jobs with real career opportunity to the 1.45 million U.S. associates who choose to work for Wal-Mart and serve our customers every day.”

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