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December 26, 2002
Wal-Mart Employees Win Overtime Suit
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ederal jury in Oregon found that Wal-Mart violated employment laws by forcing employees to work unpaid overtime, the Associated Press reports. Monetary damages will be decided at a later trial.

Over 400 employees from 24 different Wal-Mart stores in Oregon were part of the lawsuit, which alleged that the company got employees to work off the clock when the workers were asked to clean up after their shifts. The lawsuit also contended that the stores deleted hours worked from employee timecards, according to the AP.

The suit also said the company reprimanded employees who claimed overtime. Added to performance demands, this led to workers feeling forced to clock out and continue working to finish assigned duties, the AP reports. In trial, the company admitted some employees did work after clocking out, but the retailer's policy prohibited it.

Thirty-nine other class-action cases are still pending against Wal-Mart for back pay. The lawsuits involve hundreds of thousands of workers across the country, the AP reports. The world's largest retailer has settled two other overtime cases, one of which reportedly paying $50 million in damages to 69,000 workers.

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