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24 Nov 2016

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times (USA)

USA: Jury orders Wal-Mart to pay $54 million over company's failure to pay minimum wage to Californian truck drivers

"Wal-Mart loses minimum wage pay fight as jury awards California truck drivers $54 million", 23 Nov 2016

Wal-Mart intentionally failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers in California the minimum wage, a federal jury decided Wednesday, awarding the drivers $54 million in damages and opening up the retail giant to penalties.  The seven jurors returned the verdict in a lawsuit accusing the company of not properly paying drivers in accordance with California law...An lawyer for Wal-Mart didn't immediately return calls seeking comment on the verdict...Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. — the nation's largest private employer — has faced other criticism over its pay and treatment of U.S. employees...Wal-Mart drivers are not paid by the hour.  Wages are based on mileage and specified activities.  The drivers' attorneys pointed to a ruling in their favor from U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who said last year that Wal-Mart would be in violation of California law if it enforced its driver pay manuals because they say no pay is earned for certain tasks.  Drivers also were not paid minimum wage for layovers even though Wal-Mart controlled their time by requiring them to stay with their trucks, the plaintiffs' attorneys said...