Wal-Mart, in an exciting follow-up to Tennessee Law Blog’s Wal-Mart wage and hour lawsuit story posted earlier this month, said Tuesday that it will settle its numerous unpaid wage lawsuits in Tennessee and across the nation. These unpaid Wal-Mart wage and hour lawsuits’ damages amount to at least $352 million and are largely the result of Wal-Mart managers forcing Wal-Mart employees to work off-the-clock.
Many of these wage and hour lawsuits filed by thousands of present and former Wal-Mart employees in 42 states have been in court for years. Wage and hour violations include forcing employees to clock out but continue to work, manipulating time cards to reduce overtime pay, and disallowing lunch and other breaks. Payment to each employee could be in the hundreds of dollars with their respective wage and hour attorneys receiving lawyers fees as separate from their recovered unpaid wages.
These wage and hour lawsuits’ settlements do not affect the present sex discrimination lawsuitsagainst Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the world’s largest retailer with over 1.4 million employees. Since 2006, Wal-Mart has introduced various electronic systems to ensure its compliance with individual state wage-and-hour laws. Shares of Wal-Mart stock rose both prior to and after the wage-and-hour settlement was announced Tuesday.
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