Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wal-Mart Pays for a $40 Million Suit

Wal-Mart owes 87,500 employees from Massachusetts $40 million, and not for good reasons. The money owed is a result of a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart from 2001 that said the retail giant wasn't giving employees rest and meal breaks, was manipulating time cards, and wouldn't pay them overtime.

"Resolving this litigation is in the best interest of our company, our shareholders and our associates. These cases were filed years ago, and the allegations are not representative of the company we are today," a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Daphne Moore, said.
(The New York Times)

I know that I have talked about Wal-Mart in conjunction with unethical business practices in many of my classes. Do you think that unethical business practices, like the ones faced by employees in Massachusetts, are in the past for Wal-Mart? How would you handle this situation from a PR standpoint? Let us know!

1 comment:

Louise | UPrinting.com said...

I don't receive any over time pay either. LOL.
But that is my choice. In this case, Wal-Mart is liable for making their employees stay beyond working hours when they don't even want to. Hey, we working class people deserve some relaxation time too, you know? :(