Wal-Mart will pay $11 million to settle charges it used illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
Since 1998, federal authorities have uncovered cases of at least 250 illegal immigrants who were employed by janitor contracting services and hired by the retailing giant.
In October 2003, several illegal immigrants were arrested in a raid at a Wal-Mart outlet in Valley (Chambers County).
An attorney in the case says many of the janitors worked seven days or nights a week without overtime pay or injury compensation. He says those who worked nights were often locked in the store until the morning.
The $11 million settlement clears Wal-Mart of the federal allegations.