Wal-Mart Turns Itself In For Wage And Hour Abuses

Law360, New York (January 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reported itself to the U.S. Labor Department for underpaying nearly 87,000 current and former employees a total of $33.5 million.

The company said Thursday that it discovered the errors during an internal review and agreed to pay all the money back. Among other things, Wal-Mart failed to take into account some bonuses and other earned income when calculating weekly average hourly rates, which are then used to calculate overtime pay rates.

It also allegedly calculated rates on a biweekly rather than weekly...
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