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    Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.

    Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I will accept that corporations are people when a corporation has to go to prison for theft.

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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Good. I've been telling people that Walmart really is a terrible company that enslaves people and threatens their civic rights if they decide to stand up. Nobody has listened. The courts have. Good for them. Wal-Mart won't take this as far as SCOTUS, too much unwanted publicity whether they lose or win (there is such a thing), so they're going to accept the ruling.
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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Good. I've been telling people that Walmart really is a terrible company that enslaves people and threatens their civic rights if they decide to stand up. Nobody has listened. The courts have. Good for them. Wal-Mart won't take this as far as SCOTUS, too much unwanted publicity whether they lose or win (there is such a thing), so they're going to accept the ruling.
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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Strange, WalMart has to pay for breaks according to a State Supreme Court, but Apple doesn't have to pay for security screening time according to the US Supreme Court.

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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    You and I might have different definitions of slavery.
    My definition has to do with working conditions. Wal-Mart has a history of entering small towns, destroying jobs and lowering the overall value of labor. Workers who stand up to these conditions are either fired. Other workers who even think about improving their working conditions are threatened. I'm not interested in "real" vs "fake" slavery. I'm interested in how these conditions force a large percentage of workers to keep working for Wal-Mart under less than dignified conditions. Lastly, IMO, Wal-Mart has engaged in indentured slavery. That people sign up for it is irrelevant, they don't sign up for the abuses that Wal-Mart has been found of committing time and time again.
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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    So what service is wal-mart getting when their employees are on break? Are they running the cash registers, are they filling the shelves, are they helping consumers? What are they doing for wal-mart when they are on break? Why should wal-mart pay them when they are getting nothing in return?

    You want to talk about slavery? How about being forced to pay someone when they are doing nothing for you.
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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    So what service is wal-mart getting when their employees are on break? Are they running the cash registers, filling the shelf's, are helping consumers? What are they doing for wal-mart when they are on break? Why should wal-mart pay them when they are getting nothing in return?
    A company that forces people to work overtime (under threat of getting fired) really shouldn't be complaining about workers being paid on their breaks.
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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    A company that forces people to work overtime (under threat of getting fired) really shouldn't be complaining about workers being paid on their breaks.
    Yes, that's pretty ****ty behavior, but I fail to see how that justifies a court forcing wal-mart to pay people when they are on break.

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    Re: Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Yes, that's pretty ****ty behavior, but I fail to see how that justifies a court forcing wal-mart to pay people when they are on break.
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/workhours/breaks.htm

    Federal law does not require lunch or coffee breaks. However, when employers do offer short breaks (usually lasting about 5 to 20 minutes), federal law considers the breaks as compensable work hours that would be included in the sum of hours worked during the work week and considered in determining if overtime was worked. Unauthorized extensions of authorized work breaks need not be counted as hours worked when the employer has expressly and unambiguously communicated to the employee that the authorized break may only last for a specific length of time, that any extension of the break is contrary to the employer's rules, and any extension of the break will be punished.
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