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Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187,000 Workers

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This past week, Walmart lost its appeal of a $224 million dollar judgement to its Pennsylvania employees for forcing all of them to work through lunch breaks. The Supreme Court declined to hear Walmart’s appeal, so 187,000 workers who have been waiting to get paid since 2006 will finally receive their paychecks. National labor union Making Change at Walmart rejoiced saying, “The world’s largest retailer won’t be able to continue to mistreat its workers and get away with it. Walmart workers, when they come together, have a powerful voice that cannot be silenced.” The lawyer representing Walmart’s hungry workers was even more emphatic:
“Wage theft will not be tolerated, and class actions are an optimal way for large numbers of workers to recover wages stolen by their employers,” said attorney Michael D. Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group said, noting that with interest, the employees, who had been owed $140 million of the $187 million, will now split $224 million.


Read more @: Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187,000 Workers

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A little bit of justice for these workers who had their wages taken straight from them all in name of greed and exploitation. :clap:​
 

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Read more @: Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187,000 Workers

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A little bit of justice for these workers who had their wages taken straight from them all in name of greed and exploitation. :clap:[/INDENT]

a little bit over the top but if they were working and not taking their lunches then they should get paid for it.
no doubt about it.

however I don't think this is going to be the huge pay day they think it is.
their layers are taking 25% or so off the top.

so that is about 56m dollars gone.
that leave 168m

if you divide it out equally among 187k people that is 898 dollars and some change.
 

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a little bit over the top but if they were working and not taking their lunches then they should get paid for it.
no doubt about it.

however I don't think this is going to be the huge pay day they think it is.
their layers are taking 25% or so off the top.

so that is about 56m dollars gone.
that leave 168m

if you divide it out equally among 187k people that is 898 dollars and some change.

Yes, individually the lawyers are making out like bandits, but the point it that WAL*MART is going to have to write a large check and it's embarrassing for them.
 

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Read more @: Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187,000 Workers

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A little bit of justice for these workers who had their wages taken straight from them all in name of greed and exploitation. :clap:[/INDENT]

I'm not going to comment on the court case...it's already been discussed in other threads and, in any case, the Supreme's have made their decision.

But I do have to comment on that dumbass, spun article you posted. Not only is it full of crap that has nothing to do with the case, it is a prime example of someone who just doesn't like this particular company and using this case as an excuse to bring up every evil imagined about that company.

(It's kind of like the arguments I used to have with my ex-wife...first she would find something to complain about and then she would bring up every damned thing she ever complained about in the past...whether they were relevant or not...because she thought it somehow supporter her present complain.)

Furthermore, the headline betrays the writer's ignorance about exactly what the court case was about. It had nothing to do with "lunch breaks", which are not paid time at all...but were about workers not getting their paid breaks.

You know, TheDemSocialist, if you really wanted to talk about this issue you should have, at least, come up with a link to an article that was accurate and actually about the issue.
 

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Yes, individually the lawyers are making out like bandits, but the point it that WAL*MART is going to have to write a large check and it's embarrassing for them.

they will just get it back by raising their prices and seeing how the majority of those people shop at walmart it probably isn't that big of a loss for them.
 

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a little bit over the top but if they were working and not taking their lunches then they should get paid for it.
no doubt about it.

however I don't think this is going to be the huge pay day they think it is.
their layers are taking 25% or so off the top.

so that is about 56m dollars gone.
that leave 168m

if you divide it out equally among 187k people that is 898 dollars and some change.
Will they have to pay income tax on that $898?
 

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Breaking news: Ultra-wealthy lawyers milk an ultra-wealthy company.
On related news, some people who worked through lunch for a long time, get about $900 pre-tax in back pay. Win!

I find it amazing this occurred and was not caught be the army of HR people or Attorneys. On second thought, I'm not amazed by that.
 

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The lawyers make about 7 mil. It's usually 30%. Walmart however is now known to have cheated their people out of lunches and has to pay out 224 mil in punitive damages. Walmart is getting closer and closer to organizing in order to save themselves.
 

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Breaking news: Ultra-wealthy lawyers milk an ultra-wealthy company.
On related news, some people who worked through lunch for a long time, get about $900 pre-tax in back pay. Win!

I find it amazing this occurred and was not caught be the army of HR people or Attorneys. On second thought, I'm not amazed by that.

i am surprised that the local stores in PA allowed this to happen even the district manager or the HR rep for the area.
 

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The lawyers make about 7 mil. It's usually 30%. Walmart however is now known to have cheated their people out of lunches and has to pay out 224 mil in punitive damages. Walmart is getting closer and closer to organizing in order to save themselves.
I think a judge knocked that down saying it was too much.
 

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Read more @: Walmart Loses $224 Million Lawsuit For Stealing Lunch Breaks From 187,000 Workers

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A little bit of justice for these workers who had their wages taken straight from them all in name of greed and exploitation. :clap:[/INDENT]

But who can see any reason the country’s wealthiest family should treat their work force so horribly, paying them low wages and stealing their lunches too.

I'm curious, how did the Waltons "steal" their employees' lunches?
 

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I'm not going to comment on the court case...it's already been discussed in other threads and, in any case, the Supreme's have made their decision.

But I do have to comment on that dumbass, spun article you posted. Not only is it full of crap that has nothing to do with the case, it is a prime example of someone who just doesn't like this particular company and using this case as an excuse to bring up every evil imagined about that company.

(It's kind of like the arguments I used to have with my ex-wife...first she would find something to complain about and then she would bring up every damned thing she ever complained about in the past...whether they were relevant or not...because she thought it somehow supporter her present complain.)

Furthermore, the headline betrays the writer's ignorance about exactly what the court case was about. It had nothing to do with "lunch breaks", which are not paid time at all...but were about workers not getting their paid breaks.

You know, TheDemSocialist, if you really wanted to talk about this issue you should have, at least, come up with a link to an article that was accurate and actually about the issue.

Yup, this. I don't know a hell of a lot about the details of the case but in a high level I know that the issue was breaks and had nothing to do with lunch breaks. Workers supposedly were not granted their non-lunch breaks and were sometimes asked to stay on and do additional work after they clocked out.

You have to hand it to "Occupy Democrats" to not get it right and make up things that aren't true. And to get people to cross post their dopey lies, too.
 

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I'm not going to comment on the court case...it's already been discussed in other threads and, in any case, the Supreme's have made their decision.

But I do have to comment on that dumbass, spun article you posted. Not only is it full of crap that has nothing to do with the case, it is a prime example of someone who just doesn't like this particular company and using this case as an excuse to bring up every evil imagined about that company.

(It's kind of like the arguments I used to have with my ex-wife...first she would find something to complain about and then she would bring up every damned thing she ever complained about in the past...whether they were relevant or not...because she thought it somehow supporter her present complain.)

Furthermore, the headline betrays the writer's ignorance about exactly what the court case was about. It had nothing to do with "lunch breaks", which are not paid time at all...but were about workers not getting their paid breaks.

You know, TheDemSocialist, if you really wanted to talk about this issue you should have, at least, come up with a link to an article that was accurate and actually about the issue.

Does sound like a lot of BS . Most places do NOT pay you for your lunch period you simply at work 8.5 hours and get paid for 8 . And some that don't take a lunch can leave after 8 hours . No wonder 60 Walmart stores closed after the $15 an hour rallies !
 

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a little bit over the top but if they were working and not taking their lunches then they should get paid for it.
no doubt about it.

however I don't think this is going to be the huge pay day they think it is.
their layers are taking 25% or so off the top.

so that is about 56m dollars gone.
that leave 168m

if you divide it out equally among 187k people that is 898 dollars and some change.

I didn't see it but it could have been lunch breaks for just a couple of months...
 

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All I know is that they aren't the one of the two people who work at the cash registers.
 

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So Walmart was requiring them to work and not get a lunch but then not paying them for it?

and who are these morons who were clocking out and then going back to work? Yes people deserve to get paid for their work but seriously how ****ing stupid were these 187,000 people to work off the clock like that?
 

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and who are these morons who were clocking out and then going back to work? Yes people deserve to get paid for their work but seriously how ****ing stupid were these 187,000 people to work off the clock like that?

And so the first reflex from the liberal contingent is to punish the employer, and protect the stupid people from themselves, i.e. the nanny state, their ideal.
 

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and who are these morons who were clocking out and then going back to work? Yes people deserve to get paid for their work but seriously how ****ing stupid were these 187,000 people to work off the clock like that?

I don't know how Walmart does their timekeeping if they punch in and out or what. It could be that they were told they would get paid for it even clocked out. I myself would be quite concerned and would be asking questions if they tried something sketchy like that.
And yes if you work you deserve to get paid for it.
 

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So Walmart was requiring them to work and not get a lunch but then not paying them for it?

They were forced to skip a meal or rest break or work off the clock.
 

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But who can see any reason the country’s wealthiest family should treat their work force so horribly, paying them low wages and stealing their lunches too.

I'm curious, how did the Waltons "steal" their employees' lunches?

By forcing them to skip a mandatory break/lunch break or work off the clock..
 

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They were forced to skip a meal or rest break or work off the clock.

So yea then they were not paying them for work done if they were working 'off the clock'. Any honest company doesn't allow you to work off the clock.
Makes me wonder with their wages and crap like that why anyone would work there.
 
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