Walmart pays workers $78 million

Friday the 13th turned out to be very lucky for Michelle Braun and Dolores Hummel, both former employees of the popular Wal-Mart Inc. chain. The two workers sued the chain after they were forced to work during their break times. The jury found in favour of current and former employees in Pennsylvania to the tune of $78 million for wages lost between March of 1998 and May of 2006.

This was a blow to Wal-Mart’s already tarnished image. The chain has been accused of treating and paying employees poorly. Mike Donovan, attorney for the two workers, was thrilled with the outcome: “The message of today’s verdict to large retailers is that they can’t say one thing to their employees and do another.”

This is not the first time Wal-Mart has been in hot water, in December a Wal-Mart branch in  Bentonville, Arkansas was ordered to pay $172 million to employees who were denied meal breaks.

About Nikki Slabbert

I'm just your run of the mill African, have been a journalist since I graduated, I lived in Asia for 4 years, travelled Central and S America for a year and spent the last year travelling USA and Canada. I make my millions writing and painting. Likes: The thing I like best in all the world is 'The Muffin' (my own personal Canuck!), my coffee machine, Canada, Music, nature and small children with candy. Dislikes: George Bush, Violence, TV, Botox, Celery (its from the devil), Pollution, people who throw trash out their car windows and George Bush.

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