Wal-Mart Pays $54 Million To Settle Wage & Hour Claim for Missed Meal Breaks
You would think Wal-Mart would obey the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws.
But, no! Wal-Mart has been sued OVER 70 times for making workers miss required breaks, such as lunch or bathrrom breaks, and work off the clock.
Wal-Mart’s own audits have repeatedly revealed missed breaks but Wal-Mart has allowed this illegal practice to continue. In a California case, Wal-Mart was ordered to pay $172 million dollars for making Wal-Mart employees miss meal breaks. A jury in Pennsylvania awarded $78 million dollars and the judge increased the award to $188 million dollars for wage and hour violations.
Wal-Mart announced a $54.25 million dollar settlement of a Minnesota lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of making its employees miss
meal breaks. One of the employees claimed that Wal-Mart would not let her take bathroom breaks and, as a result, she soiled herself several times. The Minnesota Judge, who ruled that Wal-mart viiolated wage and hour laws, was not impressed with Wal-mart’s refusal to allow bathroom breaks.
Wal-Mart has put profits above the wage and hour law.
If your employer has refused to give you meal or bathroom break or make you work off the clock, you might have a valid wage and hour case. Contact Cavey and Barrett for your free wage rights audit by calling 727-894-3188.