Employees Take the Battle to Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) has entered another battle with some of its employees. The company has a history of complaints and lawsuits in a range of issues from discrimination against women to sub par benefits. The latest action, filed in a Chicago court, charges the world's largest retailer with violating minimum wage and overtime laws of some of its temporary workers.
Like other suits against Walmart, this one could drag on through the court system for years. Reuters reports that the challenge is part of a growing trend on the part of workers who feel their rights have been violated across a broad range of issues. Reuters reports:
Wal-Mart has faced protests in various U.S. cities lately and some workers have planned to walk off the job on Black Friday, the busy shopping day right after Thanksgiving. Such actions are being sponsored by a groups including a contingent of workers called OUR Walmart that is trying to speak out about what it says are tough working conditions.
Douglas A. McIntyre