Wal-Mart settles suits | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wal-Mart settles suits

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 5:41 PM

The retail giant settled 63 wage-and-hour lawsuits today at a cost of up to $640 million. Wal-Mart Watch says the company is running scared. In response to Wal-Mart's announcement today that it settled 63 wage & hour lawsuits, Wal-Mart Watch Executive Director David Nassar released the following statement:

"Wal-Mart is scared and is throwing dead weight overboard to lighten its load. The company's decision to settle these cases so suddenly is clearly driven by the knowledge that having such cases pending is strong evidence for the need for the Employee Free Choice Act.

"If these millions of workers had been allowed union representation, they never would have had to hire lawyers and wait years to get their paychecks.

"Unfortunately for Wal-Mart, there is no lack of evidence that the company mistreats its employees. As if 63 wage and hour lawsuits isn't proof enough, every day new stories of worker mistreatment are posted on walmartspeakout.com . Since October, hundreds of Wal-Mart Workers have submitted such stories and videos to Wal-Mart Watch, and others will be ready to testify before congress when the time is right."

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