Hastings, Minnesota, [June 4, 2009]:
Dakota County District Court Judge Robert King, Jr. granted final approval of the settlement of a wage and hour class action suit against Wal-Mart in Minnesota. The settlement, first announced in December 2008 and which could result in Wal-Mart paying up to $54,250,000, concludes more than seven years of litigation concerning Wal-Mart's employment practices in Minnesota. In addition, as part of the settlement, Wal-Mart has agreed to consistently continue to maintain electronic systems, surveys and notices that will protect the rights of workers.
"We are pleased with the settlement and encourage Wal-Mart employees who worked at Wal-Mart from September 11, 1998, through November 14, 2008, to submit a claim form before June 30, 2009, to receive a portion of the settlement," said Justin Perl, formerly of the Minneapolis law firm of Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, who served as counsel for the class with Partner Jon Parritz.
Daphne Moore, Wal-Mart spokesperson added, "Our policy is to pay associates for every hour worked and to make rest and meal breaks available. This is a commitment we make to the more than 1.4 million associates who choose to work for Wal-Mart and serve our customers and members every day. We have worked hard to have the right communication, processes and systems in place to help ensure we live up to this commitment."