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Wal-Mart workers in Minnesota win $54 million settlement

Some 100,000 current and former hourly employees of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in Minnesota – and the state of Minnesota itself – will share up to $54 million from the giant retailer under a settlement announced Tuesday.The agreement is the final stage in a wage-and-hour class action suit that put a spotlight on Wal-Mart’s practice of having employees work through their rest and meal breaks. In July, Dakota County District Judge Robert King ruled the company committed more than 2 million violations of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act and ordered it to pay $6.5 million in back pay. More Wal-Mart coverageWal-Mart suit exposes widespread worker abuseWal-Mart violated worker rights more than 2 million times, Minnesota judge rules The judge then scheduled a jury trial to determine the amount of civil penalties and punitive damages. By reaching a settlement, the parties avoided going to trial. People eligible for the settlement worked at Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs locations in Minnesota from Sept. Continue Reading