The California Labor Commissioner has reached an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., resolving charges that the retail giant underpaid overtime and other wages. Under the terms of the settlement, Wal-Mart will pay $3.9 million in overtime, waiting time penalties, and interest to approximately 50,000 current and former Wal-Mart workers in California. Earlier this year, Wal-Mart shelled out $33 million to settle violations of federal wage and hour law, stemming from the same payment practices.
The case was initiated two years ago when Wal-Mart voluntarily notified the Labor Commissioner and federal authorities that errors in the company’s payroll processes led to the underpayment of overtime and other wages.
In connection with the California portion of the settlement, the Labor Commissioner stated: “As always, our goal is to encourage voluntary compliance with California labor laws. By its actions in this case, Wal-Mart has set a positive example for other employers who may be out of compliance because it illustrates they can work with us to properly compensate workers as well as meet legal requirements.”
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