Monday, September 19, 2005

Wal-Mart's Employee Weight Reduction Plan

The AP reports that there's no free lunch, blue light special or otherwise:

Lawyers representing about 116,000 former and current Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees in California told a jury Monday that the world's largest retailer systematically and illegally denied workers lunch breaks.

The suit in Alameda County Superior Court is among about 40 cases nationwide alleging workplace violations against Wal-Mart, and the first to go to trial. Wal-Mart, which earned $10 billion last year, settled a lawsuit in Colorado for $50 million that contains similar allegations to California's class action. The company also is accused of paying men more than women in a federal lawsuit pending in San Francisco federal court.

The workers in the class-action suit are owed more than $66 million plus interest, attorney Fred Furth told the 12 jurors and four alternates.

Darn good thing they stopped people from having lunch breaks. Next thing you know they'd want 5 day weeks or 8 hour days or health benefits.

And how in the world will the Waltons get by on just $9,934,000,000? They'd be practically forced to survive in just their first mansions, wearing only cubic zirconium, and eating soy caviar and drinking second growth Bordeaux.


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