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As if the embarrassing bribery cover-up scandal in Mexico hasn’t sparked enough bad PR for Walmart, the U.S. Department of labour has now ordered the company to pay $4.8 million in back wages and damages to around 4,500 employees who were screwed out of overtime charges.The affected employees are vision centre managers and asset protection coordinators.
From the DoL release:
“Wal-Mart Stores Inc., headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., has agreed to pay $4,828,442 in back wages and damages to more than 4,500 employees nationwide following an investigation by the U.S. Department of labour’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the federal Fair labour Standards Act’s overtime provisions. Additionally, Wal-Mart will pay $463,815 in civil money penalties.
The violations affected current and former vision centre managers and asset protection coordinators at Wal-Mart Discount Stores, Wal-Mart Supercenters, neighbourhood Markets and Sam’s Club warehouses. Wal-Mart failed to compensate these employees with overtime pay, considering them to be exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements. The labour Department’s investigation found that the employees are nonexempt and consequently due overtime pay for any hours worked beyond 40 in a week.”
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