Wal-Mart Suit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lawyers are asking a judge in Panama City judge to decide whether as many as 230,000 Floridians can sue Wal-Mart in a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges the world's biggest retailer does NOT pay low-level employees for extra work. A former night shift manager in the Panama City Beach Wal-Mart Supercenter and several former employees of Chipley Wal-Mart sued the company in 2001. They say they were forced to work through breaks, skip meals and return to unfinished tasks after they had clocked out.

The workers now want to include all the hourly workers Wal-Mart has employed in Florida since 1997 in a class-action suit. Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hess will determine whether the arguments meet the legal criteria of class action suits.

Requests to file similar lawsuits in other states have met mixed success. Minnesota and Indiana allowed class action lawsuits. Seven other states, including California, Georgia and Texas, have NOT.

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