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  Walmart Fined By Labor Department For Denying Workers Overtime Pay, Agrees To Pay $4.8 Million In Back Wages
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Last EditedRP  May 02, 2012 05:31pm
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AuthorAlice Hines
MediaWebsite - Huffington Post
News DateWednesday, May 2, 2012 08:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOn Tuesday, the Department of Labor announced that Walmart had agreed to pay $4.83 million in back wages and damages to employees it had illegally denied overtime, following an agency investigation. More than 4,000 workers, all vision center managers or asset protection coordinators, will receive money from the settlement.

Walmart has long been plagued by complaints, investigations and lawsuits over its overtime policies. In 2008, the company agreed to pay as much as $640 million to settle 63 federal and state class actions that charged the company with refusing to pay overtime, as well as other types of wage theft.

In a separate case in Massachusetts in 2009, the company paid $40 million -- the largest wage and hour class-action settlement in the state's history -- to settle a suit that accused it of refusing to pay overtime, denying employees rest breaks and tampering with time sheets.

And in 2007, through another Department of Labor settlement, Walmart paid $33.5 million in back wages to 86,680 workers, many of them managers who were denied overtime.

Employees at Walmart's warehouses have also filed lawsuits, claiming their wages were stolen. In California and Illinois, workers allege that Walmart's warehouse operators, who have exclusive contracts with the retailer, paid them for fewer hours than they worked.
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