Walmart Hit With Minimum Wage Lawsuit

Walmart lawsuit minimum wage


A new lawsuit accused Walmart Stores Inc. and two staffing agencies of requiring temporary employees to show up early for work, stay late, and work through lunch at the world's largest retailer.

The proposed class action, filed Monday in a Chicago federal court, alleged that Walmart and the agencies violated minimum wage and overtime laws which could affect several hundred temporary workers in the Chicago area.

Walmart declined to comment immediately, saying it first needed to review the lawsuit. Walmart has faced protests in various U.S. cities lately and some workers have planned to walk off the job on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the busy shopping day of the holiday season. Such actions are being sponsored by groups including a contingent of workers called OUR Walmart that is trying to speak out about what it says are tough working conditions.

In early October, workers who are part of OUR Walmart staged what the group called the first-ever strike against Walmart in Los Angeles, while Walmart itself called the event in Los Angeles a rally. Walmart store employees also walked off the job in other cities including Dallas in actions sponsored by OUR Walmart.

Longer strikes also took place at a Southern California warehouse and at a distribution center in Illinois that supplies Walmart stores.

OUR Walmart, a group of current and former Walmart employees, is backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. UFCW members work at grocery stores that compete with Walmart.

More: Walmart Workers: This Is Why We're Striking And Making Black Friday Threat

Walmart has said that OUR Walmart represents just a small fraction of its 1.4 million U.S. employees.

Wal-Mart's labor practices have garnered criticism among consumers and have gotten attention in the press, but so far have not affected investors. Roughly half of Walmart's stock is controlled by descendents of company founder Sam Walton.

In 2008 Walmart agreed to pay as much as $640 million to settle dozens of federal and state class-action lawsuits alleging it deprived workers of wages. In separate litigation last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that women suing Walmart for gender discrimination could not proceed as a national class action.

The latest lawsuit in Chicago says Walmart also failed to pay temporary workers a minimum of four hours' pay on days a laborer was contracted to work, but was not utilized for a minimum of four hours.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois is Twanda Burkes et al, on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated, vs. Walmart Stores Inc., Labor Ready Midwest Inc. And QPS Employment Group Inc., 12-08457.


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Felix

Attn# Walmart Chairman Rob WaltonWalmart Customer Aymn Almsaodi is poised to be the First Non-prisoner Hunger Strike Death in US history.Everybody will know he died because he made the great mistake of shopping at Walmart. Most importantly adversaries of WalMart will remind everyone that his modest demands to end the hunger strike were arrogantly ignored by Walmart executives effectively showing the blood of Aymn Almsaodi on the hands of the Walton clan and their executives. As we know his only fault was shopping at Walmart & suffering a humiliating wrongful detainment and disrespect by the store manager, worsened by the failure to obtain a written apology for the last 30 months. Today stripped of all other options Aymn Almsaodi is entering the final stages of his hunger strike (via rapid dehydration) in the Staples center in LA that he insists will end before his 31st birthday on 31 October 2012. Unless Walmart gives him a written apology and a fair
compensation for the last 30 months of hardship he had to suffer because of Walmart refusal to allow him to move on with his life by the redemption of a written apology. This email is shared With the media and activists and will be a public testimony observing the moral character of Walmart executives, leadership & a general evaluation of Walmart concept of customer service.

October 26 2012 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ceil

This is why Wal-mart needs a union! Only way employees can get fair treatment.

October 23 2012 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DollyDagger

This is class A lawsuit number ???...It isn't as if it's the very first time for Wal~Mart. This company and it's managers work their "associates" very hard. I worked for them for 9 months and I was worked until the register shut off(5-6 hours) before I got my first 15 minute break of the shift. Funny...the CM's knew you needed the breaks, yet when you asked them after 4/5 hours, they still took an hour or so to find replacements.

The CMs were also very good at losing requests for days off, even with doctors appts or emergencies.

1AM cashier gets robbed by a dude with a gun..(where I worked)...he runs outside and leaves. The police and store "loss prevention",(they worked at the store I was at no more than once a week) review the video at that register. Lo and behold!! It shows ALL of the cashier but only the hand holding the gun of the man who robbed her.!!

Wal~Mart does not protect it's "associates"...it does not treat them as "associates". Wal~Mart's bottom line is that dollar bill.

October 23 2012 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hesse Security

So let me get this straight. They want to be paid for time that they actually did not work.. How does that work. If I am called into work and they need me for 2 hours I get paid for 2 hours not a minimum of 4 hours. Are you people kidding me. You don't like the way they run there business go elsewhere. I didn't realize I could get paid for time I actually didn't work. Sounds like a stupid concept to me.

October 23 2012 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MG1SGRet

I'd sure love to see the Employees walk out on Black Friday. It might wake up the Wallyworld Family. Not to mention the uncontrolled Shoplifting that would occur?

October 23 2012 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
toddisit

People are fighting back against the giant, too big, wages too low. The opportunity is there for Wal Mart to do better, will they take it, not likely.

October 23 2012 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

And all of you that bash Wallyworld think other companys do not do the same thing. Take off your blinders.

October 23 2012 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ZMAN

Let Walmart layoff some of their workers because it will kill Obama's unemployment figures.

October 23 2012 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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drbracket

yet you ll be the first one pretending to be infuriated at the unemployment rate

October 23 2012 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gilbert

My mother worked for Walmart. She said employees were forbidden to work overtime unless someone didn't show up to replace them at the end of their shift. And if they did work overtime because their replacement didn't didn't show up, their work schedule would be reduced the following week to recoup the overtime they worked

October 23 2012 at 10:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
oohsah

Betcha the loudest complainers are Black.

October 23 2012 at 9:21 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to oohsah's comment
shttrbg27

What does race have to do with anything?

October 23 2012 at 1:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Donna Hart

What a terrible remark!

October 23 2012 at 3:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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