The U.S. Labor Department recently ordered Wal-Mart to pay nearly $4.8 million in back wages to approximately 4,500 workers who failed to receive overtime from 2004 to 2007. For the three years in question, Wal-Mart failed to pay its vision center managers and asset protection coordinators overtime because it considered them exempt from federal regulations requiring overtime pay.
As a result of the settlement, asset protection coordinators will receive an average of $290 back pay, while vision center managers will receive an average of $2,300. This may not seem like much, but the settlement is a victory for those who want to assure that workers receive the wages they have earned.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Wal-Mart has failed to pay workers the wages they earned for working overtime. In 2007, the Labor Department ordered the retailer to pay nearly $34 million to about 87,000 workers. In some cases, workers received nearly $10,000 in back overtime pay.
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If you or someone you love has not been paid for overtime or has another wage and hour dispute, contact an experienced employment law attorney. A knowledgeable employment law attorney can assess your case and help you do what is necessary to protect your rights. For more information, contact an employment law attorney today.
Source: Washington Post, "Wal-Mart to pay $4.8 million in back wages," Ylan Q. Mui.