Wal-Mart broke Minnesota labor law more than 2 million times over six years by forcing some employees to work without breaks and without full pay, Dakota County District Court Judge Robert King Jr. ruled Monday in Hastings.
The violations carry a penalty of up to $1,000 each, adding up to a potential $2 billion fine, according to plaintiff's attorney Jon Parritz in Minneapolis.
The suit was filed in 2001 on behalf of 56,000 current and former Wal-Mart and Sam's Club employees in Minnesota. In addition to the penalties, Wal-Mart owes workers at least $6 million in back wages, said Parritz, an attorney at the Maslon law firm.
"We think this sends a loud message to Wal-Mart that compliance with wage and hour law is important, and employees will have their day in court," he said.
4. Wal mart will just do it again. A couple of million or two isn't.......
...any kind of incentive for these assholes, it's just "pocket change". Large (big, big) fines, closing of a store/stores responsible for a period, and most important JAIL time for the perpetrators. Shit, even 30 days for a lowly store manager will make damn sure he's gonna think twice before doing it again.
Jail the entire board and executives for one hour, for each violation, collectively and with consecutive sentences. Times two million violations, that's a long time - two centuries. It doesn't sound like a bad punishment for millions of egregious, serial abuses of laws designed to protect workers and victimizing tens of thousands of people. There's historical precedent for things like this.
The higher-ups are the ones with the power to push change at store level, and responsible for setting the policies and atmosphere responsible for this situation. It's their fault.
9. I hear what you're saying, but the "lower" people have guilt also.
I worked for companies where I really, really needed the job. The "foremen", "managers" are just as guilty. They fall for all the bullshit they're fed from above because they want to get to above. I agree with you the Execs should go to a REAL jail with Jose, Butch, and Leon to really experience the "finer things in life". And if ALL the execs that were "guilty" of crimes went to jail for even 30 days, I believe we all would be living in a completely different world.
17. The other alternative is to spank the shit out of them,
i.e. tear up the corporate charter as punishment for serial abuse. Let the individual stores break up into smaller companies, and we'll see whether they still sprout like weeds and pay people crap when it's not so centrally controlled. The government has the muscle to break them into tiny pieces.
Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators
Important Notices: By participating on this discussion
board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules
page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the
opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent
the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.