WalMart pays $40 million to settle wage and hour abuse claims in Massachusetts
In yet another acknowledgement of illegal behavior, Wal-Mart agreed to pay $40 million dollars and make management changes in response to allegations it was cheating its employees out of break-time and legal hours. The lawsuit alleged that Wal-Mart routinely denied employees meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay legally-mandated overtime. The class-action was filed in 2001; it was resolved 3 months after the retailer paid $3 million dollars to settle claims by state prosecutors alleging that it denied employees meal breaks. In December of 2008, Wal-Mart paid $640 million dollars to settle 63 other, similar wage-and-hour lawsuits around the nation.