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Judge Awards Wal-Mart Workers $78M

Law360 (October 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Wal-Mart Inc. will pay current and former employees $74 million after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that the retailer forced them to work during breaks and while they were off the clock.

Two former Wal-Mart employees, Michelle Braun and Dolores Hummel, sued the company on behalf of 187,000 other workers, alleging that between 1998 and 2001 the stores violated labor laws.

The workers asserted that Wal-Mart owes them $3 million for 180,000 off-the-clock hours from 1998 onwards. Lawyers in the case claimed that Wal-Mart made workers skip...
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