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Judge Permits Wal-Mart Suit to Commence

Judge Permits Wal-Mart Suit to Commence

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-walmart-warehouse-lawsuit-20130108,0,5529240.story

A federal judge has ruled Wal-Mart can be added to a class action lawsuit as a defendant. The action has been brought by temporary warehouse workers, and Wal-Mart is among several defendants in the suit which alleges the companies employing the workers failed to meet federal minimum wage requirements. The issue is slightly more complicated than the traditional worker's compensation suit because Wal-Mart does not employ the workers directly. Wal-Mart utilizes contractor and sub-contractors to hire workers to ship Wal-Mart's goods. This practice has caused some controversy with worker's rights advocates. They say Wal-Mart is merely buffering its liability by utilizing these contractors instead of calling these workers Wal-Mart employees. In many cases, these contractors and sub-contractors work exclusively for Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart has come under fire many times in recent years for the way it treats those which it calls employees. Many complaints against the company by actual employees parallel the complaints of this class action suit. Some raise questions about Wal-Mart's refusal to allow workers to unionize in order to better address grievances with the company. The worker related problems for Wal-Mart have sparked many class action suits against the company in various parts of the county. Some of these suits have been successful against the company. However, successful worker suits against Wal-Mart appear to have no impact on the company's labor practices.

The labor practices of Wal-Mart have created a public backlash against the company, and some workers for the company went on strike and picketed outside Wal-Mart retailers on the busiest shopping days this past year. It is yet to be determined what affect the strike had on the company. Whatever happens in this current class action, it will probably do little to change the labor practices of the company, and labor suits of this kind against the company will likely continue.

Worker's compensation and issues are a paramount concern for Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC. Our firm has a track record of bringing clients successful outcomes against even the largest employers who fail to compensate employees properly when they are injured. If you have been injured on the job, please contact (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for more information on your rights.

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