Wal-Mart will pay up to $640 million for workers rights violations

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has agreed to pay between $352 and $640 million to wronged workers. Worker rights lawyers have filed over 63 wage and hour abuse lawsuits.

The U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act is enforced by the Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) www.dol.gov Wage-Hour’s enforcement of FLSA is carried out by investigators stationed across the country. The federal government’s wage and hour specialists conduct investigations and gather data on wages, hours, and other employment conditions or practices. The government uses this information to determine whether an employer has complied with the law. When violations are found, changes in employment practices are recommended to the company to bring an employer into compliance.

December 29, 2008, West Palm Beach, FL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Justice unfair labor practices reporters and Palm Beach County worker rights lawyers report recent settlement involving Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Wal-Mart, one of the nation’s largest discount retailers and employers, will pay between $352 and $640 million for possibly cheating hourly workers out of breaks and pay. This new settlement ends pending actions in several state courts and in a Nevada federal court.

Workers rights advocates with JusticeNewsFlash.com (JNF) and Palm Beach worker rights attorneys have learned this settlement does not compensate all employees of Wal-Mart who may have been wronged. Many lawsuits have been filed against the retail giant. Lawsuits filed in courts in the following states remain pending and are not part of this settlement agreement:

-California
-Massachusetts
-Pennsylvania

Justice wage and hour news correspondents and West Palm Beach worker rights attorneys urge all employees of Wal-Mart and big companies across the country to know their rights. Meal breaks and wages are governed by DOL and are also implemented in every state. If you feel you are not being paid your hourly wages or are not being given rest and meal breaks you may have a claim. Consulting a labor attorney, who specializes in worker rights, may help you recover compensation for your damages.

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