Wal-Mart Loses Again
October 3, 2007 1 Comment
A recent ruling in Pennsylvania dealt another blow to the retail giant Wal-Mart.
A Wal-Mart spokeswoman was quoted as saying, “Many employees testified that they skipped rest breaks by choice. While we discourage that practice, employers should not be penalized when employees do that on their own,” said the spokeswoman, Sharon Weber.
It appears as though the jury didn’t buy that thought process and awarded the workers $62.3 million dollars this along with an award they had already received for $78.5 million dollars puts the totality of the Pennsylvania judgments against Wal-Mart at $140.8 million dollars.
There were apparently about 125,000 who would share in the award although the amount is small only $500 dollars each hopefully this will send a strong signal to corporations throughout the United States.
Across the nation there are other suits pending or in progress against Wal-Mart with similar complaints raised by the plaintiffs. These states are Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Washington State to name a few.
According to the World Wide Web Wal-Mart is facing more law suits than any other company in American and is second only to the U.S. government.
A California lawsuit ended with a $172 million dollar judgment, there was also a suit in Colorado for $50 million which was settled by the retailer.
A judge in the Philadelphia suit wrote in part, “”Just as highly paid executives’ promised equity interests or put options or percentage of sale proceeds are protected fringe benefits and wage supplements, so too the monetary equivalents of ‘paid break’ time cashiers and other employees were prohibited from taking are protected fringe benefits and wage supplements,”
I always thought that America was about an honest days work for an honest days pay, I’m glad that in this country some are fighting to keep that right. I for one Never shop at Wal-Mart and it appears as though this is the Right Thing to Do. I will gladly go to a competitor and purchase their goods even if it’s out of the way. I believe more Americans should also do the right thing, but this is a free country.
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