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11 Apr 2016

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer (USA)

USA: Employees to receive $224 million from Walmart for lost wages

"Supreme Court refuses to hear Wal-Mart case; Pa. workers owed $224M", 5 Apr 2016

Nearly 10 years ago, Delores Killingsworth Barber, then...a [Walmart] employee...took the witness stand in a Philadelphia courtroom and told a judge and jury that the retail giant was "stealing our time." [S]he testified, workers were told to "do whatever it takes to get it done, and if that meant missing your break, that's what had to be done."...On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not take up a lost-wages case involving 186,000 current and former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees, clearing the way for the workers...to receive...$224 million...Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said: "We are disappointed the Supreme Court decided not to review our case. While we continue to believe these claims should not be bundled together in a class-action lawsuit, we respect the court's decision."...Hargrove said that over the last decade, Wal-Mart "has taken additional steps, including enhancing our time-keeping systems. We want to make sure we pay employees for every hour worked and provide paid meal and rest breaks."...